Henry Coe State Park

Henry Coe State Park is the largest state park in northern California.  It is a rare situation, having such a large wilderness area so close to a major population center--in this case San José. To see just how large Henry Coe Park is, view this page which has a satellite photo with an outline of the park boundary. Here is a page that has more information on the park and its history.

Coe Park is a great place for hiking and backpacking fanatics! Equestrians and mountain bikers are also welcome although there are trails that are off limits to these two forms of transportation because of narrowness or other trail conditions that make them too difficult to be navigated. There are a variety of camping options available at the park, from drive-in campsites at the park headquarters to lonely, no-frills sites in the Orestimba Wilderness. In backcountry areas of the park, backpackers may camp in any suitable location. Just make sure to leave things as you found them. Open fires are not permitted anywhere in the park although you may bring in your own wood or purchase wood at Headquarters for campfires in some designated campgrounds with fire rings.

The most well-defined and often-travelled trails are near the park headquarters. Here, less ambitious parkgoers can stroll the rolling hills that have dazzling displays of wildflowers throughout much of the year. If you are lucky you might see a few of the animals that inhabit the park. In fact the park has a vibrant community of mammals.

To get to the park headquarters, take Dunne Ave east off of US 101 in Morgan Hill (just south of San Jose).  Follow the signs up to the top of the mountain.  It is narrow, winding road but has some spectacular views of Lake Anderson and the Santa Clara Valley.  Once at the park, you can camp, picnic, or go for a day hike.  Follow this link to the California Parks web site for Henry Coe park.

If you have Topo!™ SF Bay Area, the topographical mapping software from National Geographic Maps, you may use these files for waypoints, and trails (right-click and save to disk). The tracking data was compiled by Bill Levey and the waypoints were compiled by Ken Adair. I tried to keep the waypoint names as mnemonic as possible but using only six characters is limiting. There are over 140 waypoints. Most of them are for trail and road junctions since these are the most useful. They were compiled with a Garmin 12XL in mind but, using Topo!™, you should be able to download them into other brands of gps devices.

For more information check the Coe Park website or call: (408) 779-2728

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