This 4,595-acre park is nestled in the Diablo Range east of the City of Gilroy. It features a 635-acre lake, camping and boat launch facilities, showers, and miles of horse, bicycle and hiking trails. The Bear and Mendoza Ranch sections of the park have over 15 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails that wind through oak studded canyons; and on top of grassy ridgelines, providing spectacular views of the south Santa Clara Valley. Trailheads can be found in all three sections of the park. Dogs on-leash are welcome.
Great scenery! Well marked trails and lots of options for easy to moderate and short to long hikes. I ended up on Coyote Ridge trail. I just pick trails at random to hike with a goal of 5 miles. Ended up with 6 miles in 2 hours. Lots of cows, hawks, squirrels and I even was able to walk up on a deer and get a few photos before he/she notices me and ran off.
We hiked the Coyote Ridge trail while Camping at Coyote Lake. The trail is nicely maintained, and has benches along the way. It trail itself isn't a loop, but you are able to hop onto many other trails to get back. The trail itself doesn't have a lot of trees. We went during a heat wave - I would not recommend. Be sure to bring plenty of water. The views are awesome!
Did this as an afternoon hike. Really enjoyed it. The views are fantastic! We saw lots of wild life as well: Cows, Turkeys and lots of Deer! Along the trail there are benches and picnic tables. It can get very hot - so be sure to bring lots of water!
We camped at Coyote Lake and had a great time! The tent and RV sites are not too overly crowded. Restrooms and showers are nice as well.
There are plenty of activities to do: Hiking, boating and fishing. The lake was low when we went which limit the boat activities. Talked to a few people fishing and they mentioned they weren't catching any. We decided to do a lot of hiking! There are dozens of trails there. Be aware - most trails do not have a lot of trees - and it is in Gilroy - so it is HOT! Bring plenty of water. The trails were nicely maintained. There is also benches and tables along most routes.
Had a great time! Hope to come back when it is a little cooler.
Nice stroll on a service road. Should have read the maps better to make it a loop on some trails. Great view of the valley and Coyote Lake. We walk about 2.5 in and then turned around . Free parking at the trail head. Also would be nice on a mountain bike.
There are a number of ways to get from the two most appropriate trailheads (Hunting Hollow and Coyote Creek) to Kelly Lake. The paths with the easiest grades are the fireroads and are favored by the cyclists, but there are plenty of other trails. My group went over Willson Peak on the way there, and came back along Grizzly Gulch. The trails tend to be quite steep, but the views are lovely. Kelly Lake itself is pretty enough. Certainly we weren't bothered by bugs, though the frogs sang pretty much all night.