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Did this hike in the middle of July 2018 on a day that was quite hot. Much of the trail goes along roads which can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how rugged you want your hike to be. We passed many trucks on our hike but not a single hiker to be seen. We went through jackass trail which had groves of poison oak growing next to and on the trail but this area is starkly beautiful as you're walking through a charred oak forest "graveyard".

The trail is about 60% covered by oaks and manzanita, but 40% is pretty exposed so make to wear sunscreen. Also note that the water table is low so the water pumps are all empty so the only water you have is what you take with you.

Overall this is a hike best left for spring when the weather isnt as oppressive. You'll need every bit of help going through the shortcut and poverty flat at the end. The trails arent too rugged so it makes for clear directions but less intimate exploration.

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.

The waterfall trail is absolutely gorgeous.

Multiple waterfalls, lots of shade, dog-friendly, easy loop, not crowded: what's not to like? No permit was required for hiking as this was after 6/30.

This was incredibly hard in the middle of summer...as everyone says, bring plenty of water!! At least 4 liters. You’ll need every drop. This trail is relentless!

Parked right where the map takes you. You will walk up a roadway that is a Church. Walk all the way up until you reach the start of the trail. Jump the fence that closes off the trail. It was a VERY steep hike. Wasn’t expecting that. Went when it was around 90 degrees out. In the first 1/2 if the trail there’s plenty of shade, the last 1/2 is VERY steep - there is a rope to hold onto, bring some gloves! Was an overall rewarding hike with awesome views when you get to the top.

hiking
16 days ago

Completed this clockwise this morning and used about 3l of water total. In early July I was able to fill up just before going up The Shortcut and could have also filled up at at the intersection of Poverty Flat and China Hole, if I’d needed to. Despite being July the weather was very mild 8C when I set off and 22C by the time I got back to the headquarters.

The Short Cut is quite challenging but a slow and steady approach works well. I definitely recommend cutting down Jackass Trail as the views and single track are great. My rating for this route is 4* to reflect the general lack of single track when good routes are there.

Instead of walking back up Poverty Flat I cut up China Hole Trail and briefly walked along Forest Trail before finishing the last 1km on Corral. Definitely recommended if you enjoy single track my route: 5* :-).

Total time for ~26km was 4h55m. Honestly I expected this to be more difficult than it was. I walked with poles for the first time and suspect this may have made the difference as my legs feel significantly less tired than I anticipated.

trail running
23 days ago

a gorgeous hike that is easy enough for little kids.

Probably my favorite trail in the South Bay. A true hidden gem. Lightly traveled (we've done the loop without seeing a sole), and the views are stunning. First mile+ is a bit of a climb but once on top you hike along a ridge line that provides views in multiple directions. No traffic noise, no people, you feel as if you're alone in the wilderness. Just awesome. Once you drop down into the canyon (end of mile 2) you're treated with a beautiful seasonal stream with large granite looking boulders akin to what you'd see in a low elevation sierra stream. Final mile is practically flat and really enjoyable. If not for the first mile of climbing this trail is EASY.

hiking
1 month ago

easy to moderate. Better in winter and spring when green vs brown. impossible to get lost loop.

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

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

hiking
2 months ago

This is a good one! Completed on 5/19/18 and this will kick your ass. We did it clockwise and it starts out nice enough but once you hit the short cut, it gets pretty serious. This is an intense climb so make sure you're well prepared for this. I clocked in around 1500ft of gain. After this, it's a nice walk on the ridge. We cut down Jackass Trail, though, wouldn't really recommend this route, its super overgrown right now and we found lots of ticks on us after that stretch. The climb on Poverty Flats is pretty rough too, tough way to end an already long hike. I should have filtered more water at China Hole but opted not too. This is a solid hike but as long as you're well prepared, it's nice and challenging. Enjoy before it gets to hot!

Heading into summer: tall grasses, narrow path on the Vallecito portion of the trail Today, had a mountain lion sighting 150 yds from the main trail and a different unseen animal growled at us near the creek on Vallecito trail. While on the wide trails, very enjoyable.

Fun trail, we only met a couple other hikers/backpackers near frog lake. We saw a king snake, some pretty wildflowers, and a lot of frogs when we were at the lake. However, most of the trail has tall grasses on either side, which wasn't very enjoyable to navigate. Saw a ton of ticks hanging out on the grasses just waiting to latch on to someone and also a solid amount of poison oak, especially on the Fish Trail part of the loop.

Went at 11am on a Friday. No issue with Parking and no reservation. Easy 4 mile loop.

clockwise - nice incline right off the bat with great views of the surrounding hills. Ends with about 1.5 miles of flat. Nice in winter and spring, not sure if the summer would be so nice as the hills would be all brown by then. Partially shady

on Coyote Valley Trail

mountain biking
2 months ago

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

Drove up sunday, and A RESERVATION IS REQUIRED FOR HIKING, the reservation has to be made at least the night before. NO SAME DAY RESERVATIONS. Long drive, to have to turn around and drive out. Very disapointing.

haven't done this hike, but a RESERVATION is required to HIKE on the weekend. way too many other options in the Bay Area.

the good news is that the road is open again

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for kids-- it's reopened and very easy to call and pay for $6 permit-- we had to print it out. We went up and made it a harder loop and came down the waterfall trail, well worth the extra work.

Great for kids.

hiking
3 months ago

Their policy has changed - you must have a reservation on the weekends even to hike! It's a one lane road in and out and they turned cars away at the park making for really bad traffic jams. And the ranger told us you can't park outside Sveadal and walk through there, either. So a long drive for nothing.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail for dogs. Beautiful views

great trail. loved frog lake. there were some huge frogs

hiking
3 months ago

It was a unique experience to walk though oak savannah and into an old madrone forest with ponderosa pine. Apparently there are ponderosa pines on three ridges in the Henry Coe area. I was pleasantly surprised. The wildflowers were out, and I must have seen over a dozen different species. The wild iris was my favorite. At frog lake there was a giant bellowing bullfrog and fish and smaller frogs aplenty. (The large bullfrog is invasive, unfortunately.) Otherwise not much wildlife, but I am sure the animals are out there.

The roads are extremely steep, built for trucks, so I recommend taking the walking trails. Lots of spots for backcamping. Bring lots of water, a filter, and food. It’s rugged and you will definitely need some extra calories to get through the day(s).

Very easy. I was hoping to let my toddler walk too, but the trail is very narrow with steep sides, so she stayed in the carrier. It was also further from the freeway than I had hoped- about 25 minutes on a very curvy road once you’re off 101. But the plus was no traffic noise, just song birds. Some trails offer good shade.

some nice wildflowers starting to show, really pretty today

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