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Henry W. Coe State Park. 5 Days -Primitive Backpacking.

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  • "You don't train for the Sierra by going to Coe. You train for Coe by going to the Sierra."

    There are lots of steep hills at HWC. This is a trip for intermediate level backpackers in good physical condition who possess the proper gear and in field experience using it.

    Here’s a chance to experience Henry W. Coe State Park, the largest state park in northern California, with its beautiful, vast vistas of the southern Diablo Range. Its terrain is steep, rugged and varied. The park includes soaring meadows and open summits, both with spectacular views. On clear days, these views can extend from the Sierra Nevada to Monterey Bay. We will begin the hike at 10:30 am on Wednesday, March 26, walking 7.3 miles and camping at Lost Spring campground, which has an outhouse and, at this time, a working spring. Thursday we’ll hike 6.3 miles to Mississippi Lake, where we’ll find water and a couple of outhouses, and where we’ll spend two nights, Thursday and Friday. Friday’s a free day to hang/fish at the lake or try some of the roads/trails that branch out from the lake. Saturday morning we’ll head north from Mississippi Lake on County Line Road to Bear Mountain Road, a distance of 3.3 miles. 4.5 more miles on Bear Mountain Road and we connect with the Narrows Trail. There are two, at this time, working springs just after the junction, and that’s where we’ll camp Saturday night. Sunday morning will find us heading a short distance south on the Narrows Trail to near Lost Spring campground, where we camped the first night. From there we’ll decide how we want to get back to the park headquarter-there are many combinations of trails.

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  • Dan

    I've been packing HWC for 40 years - love the place (more than most who have trudged up blue ridge)
    Depending on dates would like to see more of the park

    August 8, 2015

  • kim p.

    The date has already passed? I am new to meet up. Am I missing something? Because I would be interested in going.

    April 17, 2014

    • Michael J

      No one other than myself indicated any interest, so it was cancelled. I'll try again next year. Meanwhile, there are two trips to Coe this weekend-you could combine them.

      April 17, 2014

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  • Michael J

    2013 was my first year of backpacking-I did two three day/two-night trips at Pt Reyes, and six... more

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