Explore the most popular wildlife trails near Gilroy with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great for 1 day backpacking!

hiking
2 months ago

Overgrown, free range cattle, beautiful views, poison oak, decent outing. May 27, 2018. Not hard at all, a casual hike.

Hard to find, good hike!

5/3/2018 This is a nice easy hike with lots of shade and not too much elevation gain, but with really panoramic and rewarding views of Gilroy. There are lots of wildflowers out now and lots of wildlife, probably because of the nearby campground. I saw lots of deer and birds and in the parking area I even saw a group of wild pigs. I let my dog off for the whole walk except on the road to the trailhead. I also didn’t pay the day use fee and got away with it for a couple of hours.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful lake, but little access for swimming.

Hard but rewarding loop with many moments of silence and serenity; we saw only a handful of people the entire time.

Be prepared for multiple creek crossings on Hunting Hollow trail. We saw a mountain lion on the Redfern Trail. Hike on.

One of my favorite local trails! Valley and Coyote Lake views as well as wildlife. Go in Spring when the weather is cooler since there are many unshaded parts of the trail and you can enjoy the beauty of the many wildflowers. Another name for this trail is Mummy Mountain.

5 months ago

I don't know why is it rated as hard, in fact this is easy nice walk crossing creeks many times, in the summer there is no water even.

This hike had a great deal of elevation changes in short distances. You will want to be conditioned before attempting it! Traveling Serpentine was a huge climb for sore legs on day 2 of our trip, Middle Steer Trail was a straight descent down from Steer Ridge, if you are sore or would like to ease your trip, I suggest taking Steer Ridge to Jim Donnelly- which was just recently re-carved and has enough switchbacks to lighten the descent on your legs. Overall this was a great trip and Pacheco Falls were 10/10 worth the trek!

Nothing really too special but if you have no other choice in a backpacking trip i guess its okay......

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.

Great hike. Long but not difficult. Beautiful views and the lake is a real reward after long hours under the sun. We took a dive. It was very cold but really refreshing.

The trail is well marked and once you get to the lake you feel very accomplished. Though, the rolling ridges, sun exposure in some spots, and heat made for a pretty tough hike in, we were still able to keep approx 20 min per mile pace.

Once at the lake you can fish, swim, and camp. Something to note, there is a little restroom shack and trash can not too far from Kelly Lake.

We are doing a 25 miler backpacking trip in Yosemite backcountry coming up so we did this trail to condition with our packs.

backpacking
11 months ago

I hiked out to Coit Lake from the Hunting Hollow Park Entrance recently as part of a 2 night backpacking trip. The fishing at Coit was great. Only giving 4 out of 5 stars because the shore access on Coit lake was not as good as Mississippi or Kelly Lake. https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/henry-coe-coit-lake/

backpacking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

This trail will push one to their limit as portions are incredibly steep. The area is stunning with great vistas of ridges and valleys. The trails are not maintained so grasses, tar weed and other weeds will fill one's socks with stickers and tarry goo (summertime). Bobcats, deer, hawks and many other wildlife will be seen. Flat areas for tents are at a premium as this area is steep. Filtered water from the ponds and lakes tastes like rain water. Beautiful but exhausting.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

There is no parking at the coyote creek gate. You will need to park at Hunting Hollow and walk 1.8 miles down Gilroy Hot Springs Rd to the trail gate.

Out and back. Really worth camping at the lake.

backpacking
Monday, May 29, 2017

This trail was rewarding with all of the vertical gain, and coit lake was a nice treat at the end. HOWEVER. I highly recommend avoiding the "cattle master trail" - it is not marked, hardly visible, and mainly soft, unstable ground with many mudslides along the way. Without AllTrails gps tracking over the trail we surely would have gotten lost. Stick to the clearly labeled paths to Kelly lake and coit lake and avoid the cattle trail that this loop suggests.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This is a great overnight trip. We did the whole thing in a casual 24 hours. One logistical warning: to get a backpack permit you need to go to the park HQ, which are about a 1 hour drive from where you put in for this area. Also, there is no overnight parking near this trailhead so you must park at Hunting Hollow and walk 1.8 miles up the mostly flat road before you start in on the trail. Not too bad, but adds 4 miles to the total trek. Also, we ran into at least 2 groups at the lake who hadn't bothered to get a permit, so we had more company than the ranger said we'd have. I don't mind this type of fauna too much but be forewarned if you're looking for solitude.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

We didn't go all the way to the end where it hits the junction cos we saw a coyote and didn't wanna risk an encounter . It was an easy trail . Very hot though cos there wasnt much tree cover . I liked walking across the many creeks but wished I had taken the option to go up Redfern Trail and looped back through Phegley Road back into Hunting Hollow for a better workout and a little more shade. I'll try that next time.

nice trail with wonderful views!

backpacking
Monday, December 19, 2016

This was a hard but rewarding trek with a lot of front-loaded elevation gain on both days. We set out from the Hunting Hollow Entrance of Henry Coe State Park and walked up the road (~2 miles) to the Coyote Creek park entrance - where this trail starts. You quickly start climbing on the Anza Trail and the Jackson Trail. There was some tree cover, but luckily we were hiking in the winter when temperatures were mid-50s. There were great views of the surrounding hills and fields which made all of the work totally worth it. After the climb, descending down to Kelly Lake is easy and then there is a slight hike up and down again to the nearby Coit Lake. There were lots of frogs, ducks, and other birds by Coit Lake. There were several choice camping spots around the northern part of the lake. We woke up to frost on the ground, it was magical. Conviniently, there are a few outhouses near Kelly and Coit Lake along with a few trash bins (although I don't know how often those are emptied). Hiking back up the hill from Kelly Lake was killer, but after that its a nice flat/decline hike down Grizzly Gulch back to the Coyote Creek Entrance. Overall a great trip!

Backpacking at night

trail running
Friday, September 02, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great scenery! Well marked trails and lots of options for easy to moderate and short to long hikes. I ended up on Coyote Ridge trail. I just pick trails at random to hike with a goal of 5 miles. Ended up with 6 miles in 2 hours. Lots of cows, hawks, squirrels and I even was able to walk up on a deer and get a few photos before he/she notices me and ran off.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

It was a nice trail with some occasional shady spots. We only walked a couple miles in and back out. There are several quail, frogs, and snakes you might come access on the trial.

hiking
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

We hiked the Coyote Ridge trail while Camping at Coyote Lake. The trail is nicely maintained, and has benches along the way. It trail itself isn't a loop, but you are able to hop onto many other trails to get back. The trail itself doesn't have a lot of trees. We went during a heat wave - I would not recommend. Be sure to bring plenty of water. The views are awesome!

hiking
Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Did this as an afternoon hike. Really enjoyed it. The views are fantastic! We saw lots of wild life as well: Cows, Turkeys and lots of Deer! Along the trail there are benches and picnic tables. It can get very hot - so be sure to bring lots of water!

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.

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