Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We went at the end of the first week of April. It was gorgeous. Hills bright green and wild flowers growing. Made it to the Vista to see the lake. Just over 3 miles round trip. Loved the free roaming cows.

Easy trail, share trail with cattle (cows), so it can be extremely muddy with cow’s waste during rainy season. On top of 1000 feet elevation, one can see great view of Morgan hills, some views of Coyotes Lake.

Beautiful in spring with the green grass and yellow flowers

trail running
3 months ago

A fun run, just watch out for cow pies.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was beautiful! We hiked a total of 5 miles and got a great workout! The kids (8, 5, and 3) did great and the little one only needed to be carried about halfway. While the trail is technically an easy trail, the elevation pushes it to a moderate. Take your camera to get some great shots of the valley, and don’t forget your water! Pro Tip: go left! The trail is easier and more gradual to the right so it won’t be as jarring on your legs on the way down.

Good trail. Lots of animals: turkeys, wild pigs, dears and cattle. We extended the hike by going down to the valley. This adds 2 miles. The view of the lake has nothing special. The lake was quite low.

hiking
6 months ago

Monica

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike with many different trail options. We went up the hill which was a bit strenuous for all of about
10 minutes (It was Hot). We looped around in about 1 hour, but there were still other trails to explore. Will definitely go back.

hiking
7 months ago

The scenery was beautiful! However being from the very flat Midwest this hike was definitely more of a moderate for me. Also there was very little shade which made it very hot. Definitely bring water. It was a bit tough on the dogs too. Loved the smell of garlic while we were hiking! I would definitely do it again, but preferably in cooler weather.

hiking
8 months ago

We started around 11 am and it was HOT. Was a fun hike but hard for the kids (8 & 10) who are not used to linger hikes with hills. Took us a while because we stopped a lot, but we did it and they were so proud of themselves after!

Great hike, a lot of good trails, a bit of cow

I loved the uphill climb... gave me a good leg workout!! Overall the trail was easy to follow.

nice trail with wonderful views!

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

Very nice trail! We'll come back and trek it again.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Super friendly people, beautiful trail

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Scenic and perfect for the family or first time hiker. Come early to finish. We only completed a mile up and back. Met someone coming down who had a run in with a rattle snake. He tossed it to the side away from the trail. He said it was early for one to be seen - round 2:30 pm. Close contact with cows on the trail. Most picked up their small dogs when passing by the cows. Recommended.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Super fun hike with beautiful views. Cows on your path. careful some deep mud right now

mountain biking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Was super fun on the back side

Friday, September 30, 2016

I love it

Monday, September 12, 2016

amazing, from the beginning with the five turkey vultures circling over my dog and me, to the the nice serene up hill hike and the Prairie dogs every where, the magnificent view back into the Morgan Hill Valley, to the hawk that swoped down and on to a tree limb only about ten feet away and as he perched he seemed to say hello anyways the four miles hike was amazing

trail running
Friday, September 02, 2016

I really enjoyed this trail. Also ran Mummy Mountain Trail. Very awesome, however Lake was desolate?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

super boring and gross nothing but hay and poop. good workout but that's it

Saturday, May 07, 2016

Beautiful. Hiking. Walking enjoy the nature

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Walk

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Walking it's beautiful

camping
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Great hike...very long and hot if you go to the right of the lake, but it's the best part!

Nice short hike with great views of the lake. You can make it 4 miles by starting on the Mendoza trail, taking a right onto the Mummy Mountain trail and then looping back to the parking lot via the coyote ridge trail.

trail running
1 day ago

walking
3 days ago

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