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.Work out when and for how long to visit Henry W. Coe State Park and other Morgan Hill attractions using our handy Morgan Hill vacation planner .
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Henry W. Coe State Park Reviews
I dreamed of accomplishing this since my childhood a hike from HQ out to Casa De Fruita. This was a challenge of a hike having never undergone prior conditioning for the two day backpacking by foot. I... more »
The nature at Henry Coe is breathtaking. Every time we venture here, at least a few times per year (spring & summer) we instantly gain a sense of calm. It is a meditative experience for the kids and u... more »
I went for a day hike and it was beautiful. The trail was challenging but I survived and will go back. I would recommend bringing more water than you think you need more »
Henry Coe is a gem. It's close to SF and San Jose, offers amazing hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping and offers a real challenge and amazing views. The park is incredibly well maintained with clear signage, well maintained trails and springs, and strategically placed outhouses. I can even get data on my cellphone from the tip tops of the ridges. I come to Henry Coe often to backpack. In the Northwest section of the park camping is only permitted at camp sites, but everywhere else it's open camping. As far as I can tell there are no bears, but bobcats and mountains lions are present in abundance. The only negative in my mind (if it's even a negative) is that Henry Coe is *grueling*; it is lots of ups and downs, and many of the trails are disused dirt roads, so when they were first laid out they weren't very worried about the grade. If you aren't ready to climb up a lot of steep hills you are going to have a bad time.
Got here just as the Visitor Center opened at 8am, having stopped on the drive up to look at some Columbian Black-tailed deer that were grazing in one of the fields. I was recommended to take a 5.5 mile hike out to Frog Lake and then along the Flat Frog Trail. Over the next 3 hours other than one group of 4 mountain bikers I only met perhaps 6 or 7 other walkers. There are some stunning views from the walk, and the flora and fauna is amazing. What a beautiful spot Henry W Coe is - a real tranquil oasis - and all for a $7 parking fee. Thank you.
Drove up here on a whim with my daughter. It's an old cattle ranch now state park. We didn't get to do any hiking but we were treated to some amazing views of the valley from the parking lot. Camping is available but I would likely only camping in the spring or fall due to the heat in the summer. What is great about this park is that there is open camping for backpackers, a rarity in state parks.
Great hiking, but be prepared for a workout. There are only 2 moderate hikes. We started Mt Sizer and did a 20 mile loop. This trail is over a mile of constant elevation gain. Winter is the best time to go because the creeks are flowing and it is greener, but beware there are ticks on the vegetation hanging over the trails.
Had a great hike in the rain and fog on the Springs Trail loop with family (25 - 65 years old age group). The loop is easy, short (3.7 miles), and takes your through beautiful, classic, California oak woodland. Fall, winter, and spring are great times to visit as it's much cooler, not dusty, and not crowded. Especially if it's raining like today. It felt like we had the place to purselves. Saw only one other group hiking. This is a "must visit" place to go for local and travelers alike! A great get away from the burbs or city.
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