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Great hike for kids-- it's reopened and very easy to call and pay for $6 permit-- we had to print it out. We went up and made it a harder loop and came down the waterfall trail, well worth the extra work.

hiking
7 days ago

Their policy has changed - you must have a reservation on the weekends even to hike! It's a one lane road in and out and they turned cars away at the park making for really bad traffic jams. And the ranger told us you can't park outside Sveadal and walk through there, either. So a long drive for nothing.

Awesome hike. Do the Moses Ridge out and back off the Juniper Trail (adds 0.8 miles) for some more great views.

Great place for a long run-12 miles. It’s trafficked after 10 am by moms with trollers & people walking.

hiking
21 days ago

It was a unique experience to walk though oak savannah and into an old madrone forest with ponderosa pine. Apparently there are ponderosa pines on three ridges in the Henry Coe area. I was pleasantly surprised. The wildflowers were out, and I must have seen over a dozen different species. The wild iris was my favorite. At frog lake there was a giant bellowing bullfrog and fish and smaller frogs aplenty. (The large bullfrog is invasive, unfortunately.) Otherwise not much wildlife, but I am sure the animals are out there.

The roads are extremely steep, built for trucks, so I recommend taking the walking trails. Lots of spots for backcamping. Bring lots of water, a filter, and food. It’s rugged and you will definitely need some extra calories to get through the day(s).

We did this clockwise, starting at the parking area in the back of the Juniper campground. Views are amazing as you make a full circle around the summit of Mt. Diablo. There are some rather steep sections in this loop. The Bald Ridge Trail in particular is like a roller coaster, twisting and turning and steeply climbing up and down, but there are some spectacular view points in that section. It tooks us about 4 hours with a lunch break at the summit.

Lovely trail with views. Feb and March seem like a great time to go to avoid the heat and rattlesnakes.

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail for anyone from kids to elders, bikes

hiking
1 month ago

Nice paved trail with beautiful views

on Coyote Creek Trail

road biking
1 month ago

I’ve gone the whole way on this trail a couple of times. But plenty of times just within the San Jose area. The scenery is very nice. Plenty of shady areas to stop and rest that aren’t too far apart from each other. Trail mostly follows along the 101 freeway between Morgan Hill and San Jose. A couple of mildly difficult inclines but otherwise very manageable. Enjoyed many times within San Jose with my family.

road biking
2 months ago

Real nice from Hellyer County Park and south. Do not go or park north of Hellyer park, as there are nothing but homeless camps, garbage, thugs, and people who look like they’re looking for trouble. A real sanitation nightmare, too. Think twice before bringing a family member who you care about in this section.

on Sawyer Camp Trail

2 months ago

very nice easy trail

Bald Ridge is a narrow path with brush - Runners may want to use Prospect Gap and Meridian Road paths

The views were great! The trail markers were a bit confusing so make sure you talk to a Park Ranger before starting

walking
3 months ago

South of Metcalf road, only saw a dozen or so people, was a nice walk in the sunshine!

So beautiful and serene, and such a great, well-maintained/informational hike. At the campground and trailhead you can pick up a map and a guided nature hike flier with information about the different plants and wildlife in the canyon. The Waterfall Loop is a lush hike through a coastal redwood riparian environment. You’ll feel like you’re in Big Sur right here in Watsonville. Also, this is the absolute best time to go (I’m writing this in January 2018), as it is technically closed, and you will have it all to yourself. Closure is only due to the road being washed out. Access via the Knibb’s Knob trailhead at the back of the park off Summit Rd (see Maymens Flat and Knibb’s Knob Trail page). You don’t necessarily need 4WD, but it is certainly helpful. Not for children until Croy Rd is open again around April 2018.

Me and my partner came here not knowing where the trail started. We parked at the base of the mountain, took a map and started. Obviously it's a mountain so lots of inclines. It ended up being a whole day hike and it was dark by the time we made it back to our car. Really nice views at the top! We spotted a lot of deer on our way back.

Loved this hike, but make sure you have good hiking shoes. Only reason it’s not 5 Stars for me is the fact that you start the hike with a steep up hill AND end it with a steep up hill. Very beautiful though.

Loved! Great work out and a nice mix of up and down. The trail was really steep and loose at points so make sure you’ve got good shoes (and you clip your toenails!).

Especially nice for biking and good for kids/families.

walking
3 months ago

surrounding area is super sketchy... felt uneasy leaving my car there so I didn't get to experience the full trail

road biking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail.

Enjoyable pretty walk especially going north from south entrance.

walking
5 months ago

A beautiful trail to nurture the soul and exercise the body just in our backyard!

Very nice and easy hike trail with Great Lake view. Good to calm you down.

trail running
6 months ago

I run part of this trail every Saturday for the last 2 years. The trail is well kept, clean, shaded and pleasant year round. If anything, I hope they install more water fountains along the trail. There are two that I know of: one near Hellyer Park, and another. Near the 85 freeway.

Good hike, a little mundane along the fire road though.

The trail is nice but the surrounding area is super sketchy. Lots of tent cities and crazy homeless people along the trail and parking area. I did not feel safe here.

hiking
6 months ago

A long but nice trail. I walked from the north trailhead, close to the San Andreas Lake. After crossing a bridge to the south of San Andreas Lake, the trail leads deeply into woods until Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir shows up, where the space becomes open again. The entire trail is a paved road, so there were lots of bikers, joggers and hikers. The southern part of this trail resembles the northern part of San Andreas Lake Trail. Some deers can be seen busy feeding themselves. It's a pleasant experience.

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