Kelly Lake, Coit Lake at Henry Coe State Park from the Dowdy Ranch entrance

    We will meet at Bell's Station. Then will travel 7 miles via a dirt road. The hike itself will be 14 miles 6-8 hrs.

Here is the discription from the Henry Coe Web site: 

This is a very strenuous hike; we recommend it only if you’re in good physical condition and can carry lots of water. There is no water between the Dowdy area and the lakes, and there’s not much shade in hotweather along the two miles of Center Flats Road between Vasquez Road and Wagon Road—and it’s a rollercoaster, up and down for the two miles.From the Dowdy Ranch visitor center area, follow Kaiser-Aetna Road downhill, north, a short way from the visitor center and turn left (west) on Hersman Pond Trail, which winds uphill to meet Center FlatsRoad. It’s fun to take a short side trip to Hersman Pond to see if there’s any water in it—some years the pond is full, other years it’s mud and reeds—but maybe save this short side trip until you return when you can see how much energy you have left! At the end of Hersman Pond Trail, turn left (southwest) on to Center Flats Road and follow it uphill for ashort way and then 1.7 miles along the ridgetop, where you can enjoy great views of Coe Park to the north,east, and west. At the high point where Center Flats meets Vasquez Road, turn west and head downhill (for now) on Center Flats Road. This is the two miles of the hike that are strenuous hiking because of all the ups and downs, some of them quite steep. Be especially careful in hot weather because there’s very little shade here. Center Flats Road ends after a last climb up to Wagon Road. Turn right (northeast) on Wagon Road and hike 0.8 mile to the junction where you can either go straight or turn left up the hill. Turn left and go upthe hill toward the repeater tower on top of the hill. From that point, you can either hike the Kelly Lake Trail down to Kelly Lake or the Crest Trail down to Coit Road and Coit Lake. Kelly Lake is a little closer than Coit Lake, but Coit Lake is larger. You can swim or fish

in both lakes. If you have time and energy, you can visit both lakes via Coit Road. There’s a backcountry outhouse on the dam end of Kelly Lake and there are two at Coit Lake, one at each end. You’ll need to purify water in the lakes before drinking it. There’s also a ramada and picnic table at the south end of Coit Lake, near the outhouse. Take the same route back to the Dowdy Ranch visitor center—back up the hill past the repeater tower, then Wagon Road to Center Flats Road to Hersman Pond Trail and back up the hill to the parking area and Dowdy Ranch visitor center.

 RAIN WILL CANCEL!!!  BRING HEAD LAMP !!!  4x4 not needed but higher clearance prefered!!

WE CAN STOP IN SAN JUAN BAUTISTA FOR DINNER AFTER THE HIKE!!

 

 

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  • Dawn

    Thanks Ted! It was great to see new trail. I never thought I would see Burra Burra WOW

    February 3, 2013

  • Estaban

    Phewwwww! what a hike!!!

    February 2, 2013

  • Angelika

    Many thanks to Ted and his relative for making this event possible. It was a great hike with a very nice group of hikers

    February 2, 2013

  • Hang T.

    Killer Hike :) nice people except for Mr Sengh just kidding...thanks for getting me in shape again and feeling special for gettng in the gate :) thanks again !!!

    February 2, 2013

  • Adam

    Great hike and interesting location.

    February 2, 2013

  • Elena

    Thank you very much for organizing this hike! It was great to enter Coe from Bells Station at this time of the year.

    February 2, 2013

  • Hang T.

    Im coming from San juan bautista and driving to Bell Station in my Camry...do i need to be in an SUV ? New to this trail .

    February 2, 2013

    • ted r.

      dont worry ... i have extra room in my new vehicle. see you there!

      February 2, 2013

  • ted r.

    Actually, I just borrowed the Acadia....should it break down..we will just get a ride home ... then call the dealer and tell them where to find it.
    I have room for one more. for a total of 6

    February 1, 2013

  • Dawn

    Oh thanks Ted you really didn't need to buy a new car for me :0)

    February 1, 2013

    • Alex

      Well, Dawn, that's just the way Ted is, that's why we like him.

      February 1, 2013

  • ted r.

    Dawn...I just bot a new vehicle with more seating. I will add u to my car pool. 127 nissen rd. Salinas. Leaving my house 8 am Sharp

    February 1, 2013

  • Estaban

    Ted, my "guest" have back out of the hike so you can give that extra spot to someone else. Maybe to Dawn, she was looking for a spot. Dawn, I hope u r reading this.

    February 1, 2013

  • Dawn

    I just noticed you suggest a high clearance vehicle I drive a prius which is quite low. Is anyone else driving in with higher clearance and an extra seat? Thanks

    February 1, 2013

  • John I

    Would have loved to be able to join everyone on this one. (again) I got put on the schedule for this weekend that this is going on. Better luck next time, right. Have a great time all and stay safe. Take some pictures for me to look at OK. :)

    January 29, 2013

  • ted r.

    Jean...you are in...My Tahoe is now full.

    January 28, 2013

  • Hi, do you know what the approximate elevation gain is for this hike? Thanks.

    January 28, 2013

    • Nicholas M.

      It is lots and lots of up and down--often steep

      January 28, 2013

    • Tom

      Since you did the "cactus to clouds" trail, negligible (probably around 2000').

      January 28, 2013

  • ted r.

    Do not know elevating gain. I am hoping some one brings a GPS.

    January 28, 2013

  • Nicholas M.

    Great hike--glad to have been on the exploratory version! But won't make this one. Have fun!

    January 28, 2013

  • ted r.

    I already was counting you as in!!! Still have room for one in my car!

    January 28, 2013

  • ted r.

    I now have room for one more person in my carpool!

    January 28, 2013

    • Alex

      Count me in, Ted.

      January 28, 2013

  • ted r.

    Yes, again. I think that we will change the route a little. I want to share this great hike with the group.
    I am now putting together a hike to Mississippi lake. will post for the following week-end

    January 28, 2013

  • Alex

    Again?

    January 28, 2013

  • Estaban

    Ted, I'll take two spots, please. Thank you.

    January 28, 2013

  • ted r.

    I can carpool from my house. I have room for 4.

    January 28, 2013

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