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Henry W. Coe State Park "Your Wilderness Next Door".

The Henry Coe Meetup group is for anyone interested in getting out into Henry W. Coe State Park, whether biking, horseback riding, hiking, camping, fishing, taking photos, enjoying the beautiful vistas or just experiencing nature. Everyone is welcome.

We offer hikes/walks/rides for most interest levels; from 3 mile hikes with slight elevation gain to 10-15 mile expeditions with significant elevation gain. Hikes are generally held on weekends but may be scheduled on any day of the week and usually last between 2-6 hours. We explore many areas all around the Park. We have a few mid-week hikes, some of which are longer and reach deeper into our beautiful back country and the Orestimba Wilderness.

We also plan to present a series of "Saturday Evening Talks" and Sunday Ranger Walks. Check the http://coepark.net website, Events calendar, for more details.

We will work with you to setup any kind of hike you and your group maybe interested in. Email us.

Looking forward to seeing you at one of our events or out on the trails.

Upcoming events (5+)

Macrophotography Hike at Hunting Hollow

Henry W Coe State Park (Hunting Hollow Entrance)

Join us for a meander along Hunting Hollow Trial. This will be a flat walk with the possibility of a few stream crossings. We’ll be looking at lichen, moss, pine needles, wild flowers, rocks, even bark, perhaps play with photographing moving (if it is moving) water. Shapes and colors. Bring your camera and a macro lens if you have one, even smart phone camera will work, water, snacks and we’ll go looking for tiny, but interesting subjects. Short hike with nose to the ground. Driving directions: Meet at the Henry W. Coe State Park Hunting Hollow Entrance, located at 4826 Gilroy Hot Springs, Gilroy, CA. For full directions please visit: http://coepark.net Day use fee: Hunting Hollow is $6.00 per vehicle and self register. Please bring exact change 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, 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.

Hunting Hollow Exploratory Hike

Henry W Coe State Park (Hunting Hollow Entrance)

Please join us for a day of ridge hopping in Hunting Hollow. The hills are green and the wildflowers are in bloom everywhere. The current forecast for Sunday calls for no rain and temperatures in the low 60s°F. This is perfect weather for being outside. We'll choose an exact route Sunday morning depending on what the sky looks like and what options folks find interesting. Possibilites include Wasno Ridge, Steer Ridge, Willow Ridge, Kelly Cabin Canyon, Canada de la Dormida, etc. As usual, the hike we do will have three differnt lengths to accomodate different folks abilties. There will be a ... ~12 mile variant finishing around 4:00 pm, and a ~15 mile variant finishing around 5:00 pm, and a ~20 mile variant finishing around 9:00 pm. The park has free handout maps that I can highlight for folks with the trip variant they're interested in. This is a strenuous hike, but we will keep a casual pace so that we can enjoy the views and talk about the park along the way. We'll stop for lunch and occasional breaks so we can take photos. An approximate timeline for the day ... 9:00 am Meet at Hunting Hollow to review maps 9:15 am Leave Hunting Hollow trailhead 4:00 pm 12 mile hike return 5:00 pm 15 mile hike return 6:52 pm Golden Hour Begin 7:48 pm Sunset 8:37 pm Blue Hour End 8:16 pm Civil Twilight End 8:48 pm Nautical Twilight End 9:00 pm 20 mile hike return What to bring: sturdy footwear, clothing in layers, a hat, a sandwich or some food, plenty of water, a flashlight, a camera, and hiking poles if desired Driving directions: Meet at the Hunting Hollow entrance over by the covered picnic table and bulletin board. For directions please visit ... https://goo.gl/maps/xDnAMNSGC412 Day use fee: Hunting Hollow is $6.00 per vehicle and self register. Please bring exact change 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, 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.

Guided Wildflower Walk

9000 E Dunne Ave

Join a park volunteer on an easy hike stopping to enjoy wildflowers blooming at the park. If you would like to go just meet the leader at the Coe Ranch Visitor Center flagpole at 11:00 AM. This hike is appropriate for all ages. Dogs are not allowed. Duration: 1 to 2 hours. Cautions: 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. What to bring: Wear comfortable footwear. Driving Directions: Meet at the Coe Ranch Entrance, in front of visitor center. For full directions please visit: http://www.coepark.net Day Use Fee: $8.00 ($7.00 seniors) per vehicle. Dogs: Only service dogs (does not include emotional support dogs.) are allowed at this state park.

Guided Wildflower Walk

9000 E Dunne Ave

Join a park volunteer on an easy hike stopping to enjoy wildflowers blooming at the park. If you would like to go just meet the leader at the Coe Ranch Visitor Center flagpole at 11:00 AM. This hike is appropriate for all ages. Dogs are not allowed. Duration: 1 to 2 hours. Cautions: 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. What to bring: Wear comfortable footwear. Driving Directions: Meet at the Coe Ranch Entrance, in front of visitor center. For full directions please visit: http://www.coepark.net Day Use Fee: $8.00 ($7.00 seniors) per vehicle. Dogs: Only service dogs (does not include emotional support dogs.) are allowed at this state park.

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