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Join Coe Volunteers on this 8-mile, 800 ft elevation gain moderate hike to explore hidden springs near Coe Ranch. About a mile is OFF TRAIL and there may be some muddy spots. Hiking poles suggested. We'll start with a brief overview of the regional geology, and how springs might be flowing, even in the dry summer. Our first stops include two springs very close to the ranch, but on a little-used trail. Then it's up a grassy hill (off-trail) to the Ponderosa Trail. Cross east to visit the Coe Monument and check out the view - on a clear day you can see the Sierras. Head down Hobbs Road, going off-trail down a grassy slope to Sierra View Camp and Spring. Check out the Monument Spring, then continue down Hobbs and Manzanita Point Roads to the Springs Trail. Explore Lion, Blackberry, and Arnold Springs. Continue on Manzanita Point road to check the water at Bass Pond. Return via the Forest and Corral trails. What to bring: Hat, water, sunscreen, rain jacket, sturdy shoes, snacks/lunch. Hiking poles suggested. Park Day Use Fee: $8 ($7 senior). Bring exact bills (no coins) for the Iron Ranger. State Park passes accepted: Golden Bear, Poppy Pass and Explorer. Cautions: The MeetUp trip leaders are volunteers willing to share their experience in a social hiking environment. Hiking risks include ticks, poison oak, rattlesnakes, and uneven trail surfaces. Each participant is responsible for evaluating their own hiking skills and stamina to determine if this hike is suitable for them to participate. Dogs: Sorry, only service dogs allowed in state parks. Meet at the Henry W. Coe State Park Visitor Center (Coe Ranch), located at 9000 East Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, 95037. Directions: From Highway 101 take the East Dunne Ave. exit, and head east. Once you leave the valley, the road winds up, and up for about 13 miles, and ends at the park. Give yourself at least 30 minutes from the freeway.
Join Coe volunteers on this moderate/easy 4-mile hike with about 600 ft elevation gain. Planned route: We'll walk past some huge old sycamores, then head up the Jim Donnelly trail through a blue oak forest dripping with lace lichen. Our goal is a picnic bench overlooking the valley. After enjoying views to the Quien Sabe Range, we'll hike back down to the hollow via the pretty East Connector trail. There will be a stop to check out an old windmill and homestead area. Return on the Hunting Hollow road, pausing at six lovely creek crossings (mostly dry this time of year). What to bring: Hat, water, sunscreen, snacks/lunch, rain jacket. Optional: hiking poles. Heavy Rain Cancels so check the night before. For driving directions: please visit ... https://goo.gl/maps/xDnAMNSGC412 Or go to https://coepark.net/planning-your-visit/visitor-centers-and-park-entrances/hunting-hollow-and-coyote-creek Day use fee: Hunting Hollow is $6.00 per vehicle, $5 seniors. Bring EXACT CHANGE (paper bills) for the iron ranger envelopes. Dogs: Sorry, only service dogs are allowed in Hunting Hollow. Cautions: The Meetup trip leaders and guides are volunteers willing to share their experience in a social hiking environment. Hiking risks include ticks, poison oak, and uneven trail surfaces. Each participant is responsible for evaluating their own hiking skills and stamina to determine if this hike is suitable for them to participate.