China Hole Trail Loop

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China Hole Trail Loop is a 9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morgan Hill, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,715 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

trail running
12 days ago

Pretty decent hike. Went at about 1pm on a 90 degree day. Brought 2L of water. The hike down wasn’t that bad at all.. considering it’s all downhill! On the way back I took the Springs trail back up. Wow! That was quite a hike up. Made me stop a few times. I can’t wait to go back after a nice rain when the river fills up! Would make the hike that much better.

By the way.. it’s 8$ to park!

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail to hike on. Mostly narrow trails. Some fairly steep drop offs but not too difficult to deal with. Not too strenuous if hiking on the Soda Spring Trail out and returning on the China Hole Trail. Took us about 5 hours round trip.

Definitely not a good place for swimming at this time of the year though. The creek is al dried up. Some water left at China Hole but not much.

2 months ago

Trail is in good condition. Watch for poison oak growing on the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

We went on a day that was supposed to be super rainy - the rain started as we were walking up the Corral trail back to the cars so we just got cool weather and fresh trails! The big creek was pretty darn full - didn’t get all the way to China Hole. We got a little sun on the incline and even with all the rain the creek hopping was fine. If I were to do it again I would go back up the China Hole trail - I loved the views that way and the incline going up the other way was brutal - all uphill with no flat areas until you get back to the fork.

7 months ago

Couldn't exactly find China loop hole trail.

But the hike is easy, elevation isn't very high.

8 months ago

Not hard, considering that there's no major incline.

Flat, and circular. =Round About Trail.

4.6 miles up, 4.6 miles down!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Beautiful views, moderate hike, constantly jumping streams and small lake to take a dip in half way through

hiking
Monday, April 03, 2017

Lots of wildflowers on an early Spring hike! Several clean! bathrooms along the trail. My wife told
me to highlight that!
A ranger recommended to do the China Hole loop in reverse. Rather go down China Hole trail and come back up on Mile trail and Madrone Soda Spring trail. Seemed to be easier on our knees.
Also there were multiple (7+) stream crossings involved on the Madrone Soda Spring trail section.
We definitely got our feet soaked!

hiking
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Loved this trail! Especially when you get further in and the trail gets more scenic and a little more woody--the first half is mostly just walking through grasslands. This trail can easily take all day, so get there early.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I am not convinced that this hike has 2000' gain - if it does then it is pretty well disguised. That figure is mentioned in the map published by CA State parks, but from the topological, elevation at Park HQ is around 2600' and Cayote creek is around 1200'. We could add in a couple of hundred feet to account for rolling terrain, we'd still be about 400' short.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

This is a helpful guide with some really nice pictures.

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