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BMHS Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park 3C Hike

Hike length: ~ 14 miles

Elevation gain: ~ 2,000 feet

Expected duration: ~ 6 hours

Hike description: This 4,595-acre park is nestled in the hills east of Glroy, CA. The Coyote-Bear, as it is affectionately known, provides habitats for many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and mammals. The park is home to the rare western pond turtle, California tiger salamander, and the bay checkerspot butterfly. Two hundred-nineteen species of birds have been seen, including our "national bird," the bald eagle. The park features over 35 miles of trails that wind through cool oak forests and along breezy ridgelines with wonderful views.

We will meet at the Mendoza Ranch parking lot. From there we will take the Mummy Mountain Trail followed by the Coyote Ridge Trail, to the Ed Wilson Trail where we will break for lunch under a gigantic oak tree. After lunch, we will continue on the Ed Wilson, to the Calaveras and Valley Oak trails, reconnect with the Coyote Ridge and back to the parking lot. For the fans of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, The Coyote Ridge Trail is part of it, covering 4.5 glorious miles during this hike.

After the hike, we will enjoy a little social hour. Please bring your favorite beverage and a snack to share with your fellow hikers. Also, to minimize waste, please bring your personal utensils.

Trail map:

Time to meet at the trailhead: 10:00 a.m. for a 10:15 a.m. start

Carpool locations:

9:30 a.m.: Cottle Rd/Hwy 85 Park and Ride

9:00 a.m.: No host at Page Mill/Hwy 280 Park and Ride

Directions to the trailhead: From Hwy 101 in Gilroy take the Leavesley Exit. Proceed east for 2 miles to New Ave. Proceed north (left) on New for .5 miles to Roop Road. Proceed east (right) on Roop for 3 miles into the foothills. Turn left into the park.

What to bring: At least 2 liters of water, lunch, snacks, sturdy shoes, layered clothing, sun protection as some of the trails are fully exposed, and a snack to share after the hike.

HEAVY rain cancels.

Leader: Despina Drymiotou, Cell phone: [masked] on the date of the hike only., despinadrymiotouATatt.NET

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Really liked the sharing of snacks after an enjoyable hike.

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to carpool from Page Mill/280. Will stop there approx. 9AM to see if anyone else is there..Will be driving a white RAV4 SUV

    April 27, 2013

  • Rohan G

    Anyone willing to car pool from the peninsula?

    April 26, 2013

  • Steve

    I may be going to another hike at Pinnacles ... but if I get up too late to drive down there ... I'll join this hike ... :)

    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone going to be at Page Mill/280 carpool?

    April 26, 2013

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