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Henry W. Coe State Park, Morgan Hill

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State Park
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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TripAdvisor
  • Largest state park in California. Has miles of hiking trails to choose from, including relatively easy day hikes. Beautiful scenery.  more »
  • This is a beautiful park with nice views! If you do not arrive early on weekend, chances are you won't get a parking in the main lot. The overflow lot is 0.5 miles from the main lot - so, allow yourse...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Very nice park to take a stroll in or to make plans on camping overnight.  I took a trip up with my son and his Boy Scouts last year (Nov 2012) where they camped out over night! The weather wasn't cooperating with the scouts on this day.  It was an overcast day but manageable!  The scouts hiked in about three miles to their destination and camp out. Setting up the tents and meals were the next order of business which the scout accomplished in a timely manner! Unfortunately, it rained that night and some of the kids got wet but they weathered through it and survived the night.  The next morning the scouts camped out and left the park in better shape than when they hiked in! Nice scenery all around and with the exception of the rain, it was nice!
  • Henry Coe is a gem of a park that's extremely close to the bay area. While it gets fairly hot and mosquito ridden in the summer months, there are still plenty of weekends it is simply delightful. The rolling hills of oaks and manzanitas are phenomenal. You can also get a campsite day of (usually) which is incredibly rare for the bay.
  • One the best places to hike or mountain bike in the Bay area. So close yet so remote. An hour drive from San Jose and you are in the back country with lots of wildlife​ and views that are amazing. However, it is a hilly area and can be very hot, come prepared with water and stamina.
  • Lots of available activities (ie. Overnight camping, backpacking and hiking). Friendly staff at the ranger station willing to help and answer all your questions. There's a variety of trails and options ranging from beginner to advanced.
  • A beautiful place great for backpacking. There is plenty of spots for water, if you have a filter, and many god campsites. If backpacking is t quite your speed, theres many day hikes as well.