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Best trails in Henry W. Coe State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Henry W. Coe State Park, California? AllTrails has 53 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 27 moderate trails in Henry W. Coe State Park ranging from 2.7 to 30.8 miles and from 853 to 3,195 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Named after the rancher that donated the land, Henry W. Coe State Park is California's largest state park. Located southeast of San Jose, these 87,000 mostly undeveloped acres cover mountain ridges, plateaus, and valleys. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities including backpacking, horseback riding, mountain biking, day-hiking, and camping. Summers get very hot at this park so prepare accordingly. Winters can get quite wet, but this makes for awe-inspiring wildflower viewing. For the most part, dogs are not allowed on trails in the park.

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Map of trails in Henry W. Coe State Park
Park information
Acreage:
87,000 acres
Contact
408-779-2728
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Top trails (53)
#1 - Mount Sizer Loop [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 15.9 mi • Est. 8 h 24 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 Henry W. Coe State Park sprawls over more than 87,000 acres of high ridges and low valleys southeast of San Jose. It once belonged to a rancher named Henry Willard Coe; his heirs donated the ranch that would become the state park bearing his name. The park has few amenities, but has abundant trails for hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. The hike to Mount Sizer goes deep into the heart of the park, where the views from the heights seem to go on forever (occasionally the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra are visible on clear winter days). To hike into this remote country is to see it as it stood for thousands of years before the first European settlers arrived. Some of the hills are scarred by wildfires of recent vintage, but the sight of green reclaiming the blackened landscape can't help but cheer you up. Show more
#2 - Frog Lake Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 The best introduction to Henry Coe State Park south of San Jose and Silicon Valley, California Henry Coe State Park is all peaks, ridges and valleys, and its reputation for arduous treks is well deserved. Frog Lake Loop is the one shining exception. While the hike starts with a 400-foot ascent and continues with a knee-crunching 600-foot descent, the return leg is serene by Henry Coe standards. The midpoint is Frog Lake, a great place to watch for wildlife and listen for the trademark knock of the acorn woodpecker. Frog Lake Loop is bound to whet your appetite for further forays into the wilds of Henry Coe. Just bear in mind this is one of the easiest routes in the park. Best time to go: Springtime, when the wildflowers are in bloom, and October/November, after the heat of summer has departed. Winter can get too muddy, and summer can be too hot.Show more
#3 - China Hole Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 4 h 47 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 The essential Henry Coe Hike: 10 arduous miles through the park's demanding mountainous terrain. China Hole is one of the most popular destinations at Henry Coe State Park. Spring rains create a picturesque swimming hole at the confluence of two creeks, making the nearby backcountry campsite a prized locale for overnight outings. A day hike to China Hole is a perfect alternative if you hate to sleep on the ground but love to get your heart pumping under the California sun. You'll also descend along the Madrone Soda Springs Trail and the Mile Trail, which passes the decaying remains of an era when the springs were a major tourist attraction. Best time to go: spring, when the hills are green and the wildflowers are popping, and early summer, when it's warm enough to swim at China Hole. The water gets more dank as summer progresses -- the puddles remaining after July tend to reek.Show more
#4 - Mount Sizer via Monument Trail to Hobbs Road [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009Show more
#5 - Steer Ridge Loop at Hunting Hollow [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 4 h 10 m
As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 Hike from the gate to the top of Steer Ridge, enjoying solitude, steep ascents and descents, wildlife, birds, and, oh yeah...cows. Start at Hunting Hollow Gate. Take Hunting Hollow Road for .7 to Lyman Wilson Ridge Trail. Climb for 2.6 miles to Steer Ridge Road. Take a left and follow the ups and downs of the cattle road for 2.5 miles to Steer Ridge Trail. Follow the steep decline 1.4 miles down to Hunting Hollow Gate.Show more
#6 - Kelly Lake Loop: Jim Donnelly and Grizzly Gulch Trails [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 14.7 mi • Est. 8 h 21 m
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#7 - Middle Ridge Trail [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 21 m
#8 - Spring and Forest Loop Trail [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
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#9 - Fish Trail to Middle Ridge [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 32 m
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#10 - Dowdy Ranch Burra Burra Peak County Line Road Tie Down Trail Loop [CLOSED]
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Length: 15.6 mi • Est. 8 h 39 m
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