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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+)

10 mile exploratory hike, Hunting Hollow entrance, Gilroy up to see wildflowers.

Henry W Coe State Park (Hunting Hollow Entrance)

Exploratory hike along Steer Ridge, looking for Wildflowers and learning about Coe Rocks, from Hunting Hollow, Gilroy. Distance: ~10 miles Elevation gain: Approximately 2000 ft Level of difficulty: Strenuous Duration: 5 – 6 hours Dogs: Sorry only service dogs are allowed in State Parks Description: A fairly strenuous hike, to see how the wildflowers are doing. They are later this year, so we can't promise anything! This hike is led by Coe Park volunteers. We will start at the Hunting Hollow parking lot, then take the Jim Donnelly Trail, steadily climbing about 1750ft to Steer Ridge. Walking along Steer Ridge, with views in all directions, we may even see snow-capped Sierra if it is a clear day. Near Willson Peak (2,651ft) there is a serpentine area where Anne our geologist will talk about Coe rocks and where we might see wildflowers starting to bloom. Walking a mile further along the ridge there is another potential area for wildflowers, before we drop down to Willson Camp, Bowl Trail and Lyman Willson trail back to Hunting Hollow where will be at least 4 or 5 creek crossings. Cautions: The Meetup trip leaders and guides are Coe Park 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. Heavy rain cancels, please check for messages the night before. Also, please let us know if you are unable to make it. What to bring: A packed lunch, a hat, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, hiking poles, clothing in layers, plenty of water and a camera! (A change of shoes for the drive home.) Driving Directions: Meet at the Hunting Hollow entrance on Gilroy Hot Springs road, allow 30 minutes from 101 in Gilroy. For full directions please visit: www.coepark.net Day Use Fee: $6.00 per vehicle. ($5.00 senior.) Please bring exact change for the iron ranger envelopes. (Preferably notes or a check made out to DPR as coins do not fit through the slot.) The following State Park passes are also accepted, Golden Bear, Poppy Pass, and Explorer.

Guided Wildflower Walk - Coe Ranch Entrance

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.

Macrophotography Hike at Coe Ranch

Henry Coe State Park

Join us for a meander along Monument Trail to the Ponderosa Trail for about two miles or so with one relatively steep 0.3 mile section. We’ll be looking at lichen, moss, pine needles, wild flowers, rocks, even bark. 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 Visitor Center (Coe Ranch), located at 9000 East Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, 95037. For full directions please visit: http://www.coepark.net Day use fee: Coe Ranch Entrance is $8.00 ($1 discount 62+) per vehicle. Dogs: Sorry, only service dogs are allowed in the park. 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 - Coe Ranch Entrance

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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Guided Wildflower Walk - Coe Ranch Entrance

9000 E Dunne Ave

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