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Henry W. Coe State Park, Morgan Hill

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
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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  • 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...  read 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 ...  read more »
  • This was one of the last of the original ranchos still operating in the west visit in September for the Tarantula festival 
  • The park ranger was super helpful in giving me a hiking route with an awesome view overlooking the area. There isn't a lot of shade along the trails, so make sure to bring water. Also, the drive to get to the park is a fun one, with windy and narrow roads.
  • 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.
  • Did the 10 miler China Hole trek and what an amazing experience it was. The park is well maintained, with well placed facilities and direction markers. It also gave a plenty of trek options. If trekking during summer is your thing, then Henry W. Coe State Park provides some very good options without breaking much sweat.
  • Very large park with ample hiking and backpacking opportunities. You can make multi-day hikes in this place (not something you find easily in the bay area). Bikes are welcome, but trails tend to be very steep and poorly marked. Avoid the place during the summer months if you can, as it tends to be *very* hot. Ticks are a constant problem here.
  • beautiful trails, creeks, ponds with amazing views! jack rabbits, deers, boars, toads and other animals... hard trails, very dusty and dry.
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