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Henry W. Coe State Park, Morgan Hill

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Henry W. Coe State Park (or Coe Park for short) is a state park of California, USA, preserving a vast tract of the Diablo Range. It is located in Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The park contains over 89000acre, making it the largest state park in northern California, and the second-largest in the state (after Anza-Borrego Desert State Park). Managed within its boundaries is a designated wilderness area of about 22000acre. This is officially known as the Henry W. Coe State Wilderness, but locally as the Orestimba Wilderness. The 89164acre park was established in 1959.HistoryHenry W. Coe State Park began as the Pine Ridge Ranch, a private cattle ranch of 12230acre. It was the home of Henry Willard Coe, Jr. and his family from 1905 until his death in 1943. Coe left the ranch to his son, Henry Sutcliffe Coe, who sold it to the Beach Land and Cattle Company of Fresno County in 1948.The ranch's road network was greatly expanded during this time. Coe's daughter, Sada Coe Robinson, re-purchased the ranch in 1950 and donated it to Santa Clara County in 1953, when it became Henry Willard Coe County Park. It became a state park in 1958. Additional adjacent lands were added, and for many years, the park's size stood at 13000acre. Indeed, many currently available state road maps still show the park in its 13,000 acre configuration. The park expanded considerably in the early 1980s with the purchase of adjacent properties to the east and south (the Gill-Mustang and Coit ranches, respectively), bringing the size to 67000acre). In the early 1990s the Redfern Ranch added some 11000acre in the south, and since 2000 lands to the west have been purchased for inclusion. The park is still growing.
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  • There are many trails to choose from. Parking is $8 per car. Stop by the visitor center for a map, and the ranger there will be happy to suggest a trail that suits your needs. We hiked the Frog Lake t...  more »
  • I went up there for the tranchula fest..... Great if you like huge spiders! Also WERC was there with some of their rescued birds. Amazing. They also have guided hikes throughout the year. The wildflow...  more »
  • The park was well kept by wonderful staff. I would imagine day hiking would have a much different experience then mine. I am leaving this strong review only for help. If I was not an experienced hike ...  more »
  • As for being the largest state park in Northern California, it is quite secluded being relatively close to the bay area. Rustic is a good way of describe the park. Everything was just barely maintained. Campgrounds are close quarters, we were next to two large families with bratty kids, screaming at all hours of the night. The vault toilets are a plus, much improved over port-a-potties. Trails have minimal markings, so bring a compass and map!
  • This is a gem of a park. At the end of a long and winding road it is one of the best parks I have visited in the US. Right at the top of the mountain is a campsite with incredible views of the valley. All trails are well marked, the bird population is a joy to behold. The campsite itself is well laid out - facilities are clean and convenient. Staff at the site couldn't be more helpful. If you live in the San Francisco area and you've never visited, this is a piece of heaven on your doorstep forget the crowds of Yosemite the quality of the peace here is truly uplifting.
  • This is MY park! So please leave it clean. I recently saw 2 male tarantulas. There are many trails one can take. I only had a few hours and was able to do 10 miles. I've done 16 miles before. I didn't camp this time around but I have in the past. I go during the week when it is nice and quiet. It's a beautiful place and the Rangers there are very accommodating. Do not even think of making a fire or smoking near the dried areas or I will come and get you! My beautiful park, and it is so big...
  • Maybe my favorite bay area park. Lots of great tough day hikes either from pine ridge (the main entrance with the visitor center) or hunting hollow, and it's also a great place for backpacking, no reservations required. Feels more like real wilderness than other places, like what California would have been like 100 years ago.
  • Beautiful place to go hiking! The road leading to the park are a little windy; prepare your passengers for about 20-30 minutes of winding roads. The trail is paved all the way.