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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 (2)

Investigate wild animal tracks at Coe Park, Gilroy. Easy 6-mile walk.

Can you tell Coyote tracks from those made by Mountain Lions? How about Turkey from Quail? Join Coe volunteer and naturalist Joseph Belli for a discovery experience along Hunting Hollow. Back to cars by 3pm. Meet at the covered picnic table for an introductory talk. Examine plaster casts of animal tracks. We'll then walk slowly on an old ranch road up the Hollow, looking for tracks, and animal scat. There are a few creek crossings, so be ready for some rock-hopping. This walk is an in-and-out on one of the flattest trails in Coe park. What to bring: A hat, water, snacks/lunch, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, clothing in layers. Hiking poles if desired for balance at creek crossings. Consider bringing an extra pair of dry shoes and socks for the drive home. Rain or fast-flowing creeks cancel the event so please check your email the night before. For driving directions: please visit ... https://goo.gl/maps/xDnAMNSGC412 Or go to https://coepark.net/huntinghollow Day use fee: Hunting Hollow is $6.00 per vehicle, $5 seniors. It's self-register so 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.

History hike to Madrone Soda Springs

9000 E Dunne Ave

Join park volunteers for a hike to the site of historic Madrone Soda Springs. We will descend into the canyon of Soda Springs Creek to look for remains of this popular vacation destination of early 1900s. Once at the site, learn history of the area from park volunteers. Try to visualize the resort with its dance pavillon, hotel and six cottages that could accommodate some 100 guests at its peak. The hike to Madrone Springs is 3.5 mile one way, and includes moderate to steep section dropping 700 feet in 1 mile (respectively climbing 700 feet on the way back). Be aware of poising oak along the trail and near the site. A light drizzle is OK, but heavy rain cancels. Check your email the night before. What to bring: Lunch/snacks and, water, wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers. Park Day Use Fee: $8 ($7 senior). 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. Note there are several buildings at Coe Ranch. The Visitor Center is to the right as you drive in. Walk up the concrete sidewalk past the water fountain and flagpole. Restrooms on lower floor. 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.

Past events (263)

Burra Burra Out and Back

Hunting Hollow Entrance

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