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AMAZING PLACE!!! absolutely loved my day trip there. drove the samurai 3 hours up there, wheeled hard all day and drove 3 hours back. it truly has something for everyone. we played around in the obstacle course, jungle trail, bonanza trail, mccray, and crack line trail. i included a video from my youtube channel
Mark G. on Coyote Creek Loop Trail
This was my first visit to Henry W. Coe State Park and I thoroughly enjoyed this Coyote Creek loop hike! Like the other reviewer, I too was glad I chose to do this hike in the clockwise direction. The steep descent down Grizzly Gulch would be exhausting as a climb going the other direction. With some very welcomed rain yesterday the wooded sections of the hike were damp and the scent was wonderful. Elderberry Spring Trail and the trail through Coyote Creek Canyon were my favorite parts. But the views from atop the ridge were also fantastic. Looking in various directions I could see Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Carmel, Gilroy and I could even make out the ridgeline of the Sierras way off in the distance. Coming across some foraging wild pigs was just below Jackson Road was fun!
HOT HOT HOT! It is very sunny out there. Bring sun block! We drove around on a few of the blue "more difficult" trails. Our friend was not very comfortable on the inclines and nearly drove his truck off the side of a hill, but all was fine in the end. At the end of the day we drove up to Hector Heights, which has an amazing view. There was only one other truck up there. We sat in the shade of our vehicles and had a late lunch. We were all worn out at the end of the day. I would definitely go back.
David P. on Pacheco State Park Loop
I just went to Pig Pond and back, most all down hill on the way back. Plan on being in shape or taking your time. It was very nice lots of hills, wildlife is everywhere I saw nice deer while catching my breath. Lots of grass I did not see any snakes but as things heat up you would have to be very careful.
I really like this trail. It has both fire roads and some single track trails. It is an endurance workout and you can make it as hard as you want or as long as u want. You can also make it short and sweet. Its a close distance to Los Banos so its perfect for me.
This Bike trail is awesome had a great time at Pacheco. It has some really fast downhill clean roads and great views I highly recommend this to anyone who is a beginner to an expert.
I rode my Scott Scale 29comp. Let me tell you there were some trails there that were even too big for me and my bike to climb up so there is walking up hill. I would I will be going back next week to take a different trail.
Right now, I chose to rate this trail with 4 stars because it offers a decent challenge to any skilled rider. In the summer everything is dry so it doesn't offer much in the way of scenery. BRING WATER! No potable water. Parking is $10 (7-20-13). I can't say that these trails are worth the $10 in parking, but for some new trails to try out it's not that bad overall. This trail has a few different loops you can take to make the ride short or long. I would recommend that anyone that ventures to these trails for the first time should choose a loop that starts the same as this track. The beginning of this track takes you to the highest point of the trail system at the start of the ride. After that, the majority of trail system offers various positive and negative increases in elevation, but nothing as significant the initial climb. You could always do it last, but I'd rather do the main uphill climb first. Some of the trail along this track is quite steep and the trails have a bit of loose dirt/gravel etc.
What a great hike with fantastic and rewarding views! I was alone on the trail all the way up to Wasno Road but even after that, the company was thin on a beautiful sunny day. My kind of hike! Had lunch on a rock up at Jackson Rd. overlooking the marine layer in the valley and the mountain tops beyond. Fantastic! The hike up is gradual and scenic while the hike down the Dexter Trail and Grizzly Gulch was tough on the knees! So glad to not only have my poles, but to have gone the clockwise route rather than the other way around! Definitely knew I was going up, but never felt winded, the switch-backs are so gradual. It would be quite a work-out going counter-clockwise, if you're up for that! This time of year I may have skipped the Elderberry Spring Trail and continued on Jackson Road instead, I don't know that it was worth the detour, but maybe when the flowers are more in bloom. I was also a little unsure about the "old jeep road"- it didn't seem like a road to me, just an unmarked trail, but there weren't many other options, so I figured I was in the right place but wasn't 100% sure. I also missed the continuation of the Elderberry trail off of the Jeep road, I think, but ended up on Jackson Road anyway, so I'm not quite clear on those instructions. Outside of that, it's a great hike that I will definitely be doing again!