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Frog Lake Loop Trail

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Frog Lake Loop Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morgan Hill, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 734 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Very few traffic. Enjoyed it!

backpacking
bugs
4 months ago

Take the Monument Trail from HQ to the first fork. I highly recommend taking the advice on the Coe State Park’s website doing the Frog Lake loop clockwise, starting on Hobbs Road and ending on Flat Frog Trail. Even though it’s mostly downhill, Hobbs Road can be punishing. An alternate route would take Corral Trail to Flat Frog, bypassing Hobbs Road altogether but skipping over the Coe Monument and the optional short-and-sweet Ponderosa Trail. Frog Lake was small, more of a pond, with lots of wildlife. There’s one site near the lake. Half a mile up from the pond is a spring and some campsites. I continued to Deer Horn and also checked out the beautiful campsite along Manzanita Trail (Ridge View Camp) to make this a 10 mile loop. Parking is $8. Backpacking sites are $5, and BE SURE TO CHECK IN AT THE RANGER STATION BEFORE HEADING OUT! They can tell you about backpack campsite availability. If you want to keep your pack light, camping at HQ is $20 for a tent site. If you camp at HQ you get a reserved parking spot and there is a designated lot for backpackers. If you’re day hiking, get in early to avoid waiting for a parking spot!

hiking
4 months ago

A lovely, quiet trail with beautiful wildflowers and an over abundance of wildlife.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful mild/moderate spring hike with some shade along the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

lovely loop through open woodlands and on the open side of a hill. A wise variety of wildflowers.

hiking
Monday, August 06, 2018

We took the Frog Lake Loop trail today. It was a bit dry as expected but beautiful lake at the destination. We saw a wild turkey, tons of frogs, lots of blue dragonflies. I would definitely go back in the spring to see wild flowers. The Hobbs section was a bit steep downhills in some part and there was a couple of trucks on it. Next time, I’ll take the Frog Lake Trail to avoid the vehicles and get much better view of the ridges.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Nice trail! Definitely a good day hike. Beautiful ridgeline views.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Trail was amazing and not very difficult. So many frogs at the lake/pond!!

hiking
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Easy trail, wild flowers, frogs, unusual butterflies, we saw purple ones. Tranquil and peaceful!

backpacking
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It was nice, not great. Went in early January and it's not much of a lake. Frog pond would be more appropriate. This close to the headquarters you run into ALOT of people. We saw probably 10 other parties. Rather than take the loop, we trekked onward the next day down to upper camp which was nice. This is a great little trip if you are trying to take it easy or introducing someone to backpacking. We stayed at the two oaks campsite which is world's better than the frog lake campsite by the bathrooms.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Great hike. First part is quite challenging going up the hill and then "sliding" down the road ( so steep). Coming back on flat frog trail is uneventful for the first part thru the forest but after about .7 mile you'll start enjoy unbeatable views and surrounding scenery for reminder of the hike.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Calm lake. Two hiking options: 6 miles out & back or 4.5 miles loop. Out&Back is easy, loop is moderate.

hiking
Friday, April 28, 2017

What a beautiful peaceful hike. Take a day off work and go... less talk more walk.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Quite an easy hike. We took a couple of detours on the way, to seems the monument and enjoy the view from the vista point on Ponderosa trail. Frogs were plentiful when we were at frog lake (April) and very noisy. Great hike, took us about 3 hers, at a leisurely pace

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

There are lot of frogs at the lake :). There are some good view. Easy hike. However, everything seems dead at the moment and a lot of bugs flying around.

hiking
Monday, December 12, 2016

Try it counter-clockwise for a tougher finish back up Hobbs road before the switch-backs down to the visitor center which adds a nice view to the wind down after the climb. The only reason not to give it 5 stars is that you are on a road. But that's just me as I prefer trails when I'm hiking.

Monday, September 14, 2015

It was a nice 1.5hrs walk. Once you finish first 15min uphill and then steep downhill and get down to the lake it's an easy nice walk through the woods back to HQ.

hiking
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Just moved from DC so Henry Coe trails were only second ones hiked in the area. Frog Lake Loop was the first of three trails we hiked over MLK weekend. There was a gradual accent on Monument Trail as described but not too bad. Beautiful views at the apex. Ironically, I found the short but steep descent into canyon to Frog Lake where the trail merges onto a service road more challenging part of the weekend due to the loose gravel. Not overly steep but actually lost my footing on the loose rock a couple of times, so was comic relief for anyone within viewing range. Granted, picking rocks out of your hands from time to time is just part of hiking. However, a little easier on the ego doing it from some back-woods unimproved trail than strolling down a freakin “improved” gravel road. Though not quite as remote as I'd hoped, the trail itself was nice overall. Next time I'll hike the loop counter-clockwise to ascend that road and hopefully reclaim my pride.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Awesome views. Lots of frogs

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