You don't see skies like this back in the city, let alone be around 2,660 feet in elevation as well and also above the incoming low clouds and fog already blanketing the city of Morgan Hill below. Milky Way From Henry Coe State Park. ← Bikepacking Henry Coe State Park. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. Country. Milky Way gazing tonight up at Henry W. Coe SP. Easy hikes are available from both Hunting Hollow parking lots and the Park HQ on Dunne Road. By Mark Bristol. After heavy rainfall, the creeks can become impassable, raging torrents, though usually they are not difficult to ford if one does not mind getting wet or (in winter and early spring) cold. Size: 87,000 acres, the largest state park in Northern California. The latter consists of a traditional outdoor barbecue with live music and a celebration of the hairy arachnids which inhabit the park, the gentle tarantulas commonly seen in the fall there when males are wandering about looking for the burrows of females in order to mate with them. The largest is Mississippi Lake, at about 32 acres (13 ha) and .75 miles (1.2 km) long. This area is at the end of East Dunne Avenue, about 14 miles (23 km) east of downtown Morgan Hill. Town. Trip Overview: ~24 mile out and back backpacking trip from the Henry Coe State Park Headquarters to Mississippi Lake and back. The other zones being too dry to venture into in the summertime. Map of Henry Coe State Park Trails – Pine Ridge area. A chemical toilet is available just beyond the locked gate and water is available at Timm Springs. Smaller mammals include raccoon, gray fox, striped skunk, Beechey ground squirrel, black-tailed jackrabbit, badger, and brush rabbit. The park began as the Pine Ridge Ranch, a private cattle ranch of 12,230 acres (4,950 ha). Where: Henry W. Coe State Park. By Mark Bristol. The northern part of the park, including the Orestimba Wilderness, was swept by a massive wildfire starting on September 3, 2007. The park is located closest to the city of Morgan Hill, and is located in both Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. Cañada de la Dormida independently reaches Pacheco Creek outside of the park boundaries. The springs and water troughs have been maintained and improved by park volunteers. The park is still growing. Explore Mike.Sabina's photos on Flickr. There was no traffic so the drive was smooth sailing on U.S. 101. Duration: 2-4 days Difficulty: strenuous Distance, elevation gain/loss: one way to Mississippi Lake: 13.3 miles, +2100/-2900 feet Trailhead: Park Headquarters, at the end of East Dunne Avenue Permits/fees: Backpacking permit and parking fees required; register at visitor center when open or self-register for Mississippi Lake and possibly Los Cruzeros and/or Willow Ridge CA. The most popular way into the park is by E. Dunne Avenue. On rare occasions, creeks can be frozen over in winter. Mississippi Lake, Coit Lake, and Kelly Lake are popular fishing destinations for backpackers. Henry Coe State Park, California - Feb 28th 2017 Time lapseNote: at 3 seconds there's a shooting star. Henry Coe also provides exceptional backpacking opportunities. See more ideas about park, state parks, local parks. Located in the Diablo Range backcountry east of Morgan Hill, CA - between the San Antonio Valley (north) and Pacheco Pass (south), the park consists of a series of high ridges separated by steep walled canyons, with occasional level valley bottoms and distinct peaks. Day 1: Mt Sizer and Arnold Horse camp. More remote trails are often just old jeep roads overgrown to a single-track width; others were created solely by repeated use, especially by equestrians. Trip Overview: 17 mile out and back backpacking trip to Coit Lake from the Hunting Hollow entrance of Henry Coe State Park in California. A 20-unit campground on a nearby open area provides spaces for tents and small recreational vehicles. Courtesy of Henry Coe Park. Note: Henry W. Coe State Park is often confused with Henry Cowell State Park, which has no trail camping. All surface water in the park should be filtered before drinking to remove harmful organisms. Named the Lick Fire after it was first spotted by nearby Lick Observatory, the fire grew to 27,000 acres (11,000 ha) by the evening of September 6, and ultimately burned 47,760 acres (19,330 ha) by the time it was contained on September 11. It is not unusual for as much as half of park visitors on a given day to be mountain bicyclists, though this is normally closer to 30%. I arrived to the visitor center safely just after 8:30 p.m. Quite a few people and photographers were already situated in and around the area. Photo about Scenic view of Henry Coe State Park, California, U.S.A. This largely undeveloped park welcomes backpackers, equestrians, mountain bikers, day-hikers, and anyone seeking solitude in a nearly untouched setting. With about 12 hours from sunset to sunrise, I had plenty of time in my tent to watch the Milky Way … Some of the dirt roads are wide and designed well, some are narrow and rutted, and some are so overgrown as to be easily missed. Coyote Creek is fed by Grizzly Creek, the Little, Middle, and East Forks of Coyote Creek, Kelly Cabin Canyon, Grizzly Gulch (not be confused with Grizzly Creek), and Hunting Hollow. Henry W. Coe State Park has reopened for day use, camping, and backpacking following the Park and Crews Fires. The 89,164-acre (36,083 ha) park was established in 1959. Large parts of the park are covered in chaparral and oak woodlands. Among these are: red-tailed hawk, golden eagle, bald eagle, turkey vulture, raven, scrub jay, Steller's jay, great horned owl, acorn woodpecker, California quail, western bluebird, and the non-native wild turkey. Other notables are Coit, Kelly, Jackrabbit, and Paradise lakes. See real-time park photos from Instagram, get information and directions, and make reservations. When open, parking is available at Dowdy Ranch visitor center, including overnight. Currently, it can only be used by arranging to be dropped off by car, or by parking at Hunting Hollow and walking up the road. This entrance has no parking or facilities. The ranch's road network was greatly expanded during this time. The massive Henry Coe State Park has many adventures, but "beginners beware!" Henry W. Coe State Park is the largest state park in northern California and protects and preserves 87,000 acres of scenic hills and mountain ridges in the Diablo Mountain Range. Milky Way gazing tonight up at Henry W. Coe SP. Indeed, many currently available state road maps still show the park in its 13,000 acre configuration. After joining the North Fork outside the park, it flows out to the San Joaquin Valley, where it joins the San Joaquin River. Most visitors at Coe Park hike or mountain bike on the numerous trails within the park. [11][12] Permits are required, but are usually easy to obtain, except on busy spring weekends. The Coyote Creek entrance is about 2 miles (3.2 km) north on Gilroy Hot Springs Road. [13] Park advocates from the San Jose and Silicon Valley area organized the Coe Park Preservation Fund and raised donations to keep the park staffed from July 2012 through June 2015. Location: Hunting Hollow is 10 miles east of Gilroy in southeastern Santa Clara County. Horses were held at several locations now contained within the park, including Valle Atravesado (now flooded by Mississippi Lake), Valle Hondo, site of Pacheco Camp, Paradise Flat and Mustang Flat. This was during my spontaneous stargazing outing at Henry W. Coe State Park, located on the Diablo Range, near the city of Morgan Hill, CA... *My outing in summary: I left to head to the park just after 7:15 p.m. or so. Image of nature, leafy, hills - 20239416 The South Fork Orestimba Creek originates in the park, and is fed by Red Creek, Pinto and Robinson creeks, and Lion Canyon. Even though the park is less than 30 minutes from San Jose, it is true wilderness. I decided that if I were to go to Coe before the mud and swollen creeks became a factor, the time was “soon”. Both Mustang Peak and Mustang Flat derive their names from the activities of Murrieta and his gang. Milky Way From Henry Coe State Park . The second major addition to Henry W. Coe State Park, the Coit Ranch, was acquired in 1980. It was a nice mini, stargazing adventure indeed! For more information, please call the park at (408) 779-2728. After the statewide special election of May 19, 2009, in which voters turned down a package of propositions dealing with California's budget crisis, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed the temporary closure (for at least 2 years) of 220 parks, including Henry W. Coe State Park. CA. These were often made with insufficient forethought and often suffer moderate to severe erosion problems, or may be overgrown and difficult to follow much of the year. Henry Coe State Park is the largest State Park in Northern California with 89,000 acres and the is the second largest State Park in all of California. Most likely, the pines are relicts of a broader distribution during cooler climates. I then chilled right by the Coe Ranch Campground as skies slowly darkened and the crescent moon set out west. When Henry Jr. died in 1943, Sada’s brother Henry inherited the ranch. Town. Views . I even stopped for the views along the road and the sunset was just stunning as if I was seeing it from an airplane. So awesome! Feb 29, 2016 - Find national, state, county and city parks near you in California. Highlights include rolling hills, … No diving is allowed. cougar, puma). Milky Way From Henry Coe State Park. The principal donor was businessman J. Daniel McCranie. Then once skies got dark enough, I started shooting Comet NEOWISE and the Milky Way (with me in the shots as well). There is a fourth, minor watershed within the park: the small creeks of the Upper San Antonio Valley in the north flow into San Antonio Creek north of the park. A group of girls (who were camping) also were observed, fascinated by the skies and they even saw a few shooting stars, which unfortunately, I didn't see or capture on camera. The park has few facilities. Recently constructed single-track trails are usually maintained, and, in general, the closer one is to Coe Headquarters, the more such trails there are. [2], Prior to its use as ranch land, the Diablo Range backcountry now covered by Henry W. Coe State Park was traversed by La Vereda del Monte, a trail between Point of Timber on the Sacramento River Delta and Cantua Creek in the San Joaquin Valley. The most common danger faced by visitors is exhaustion from attempting to hike or ride too many steep trails in too little time, or with too little water or food. Boasting the title of largest state park in northern California, Henry W. Coe State Park encompasses 87,000 acres of varied and largely undeveloped landscape: rolling hills, both narrow and wide valleys, high ridges, deep canyons, broad plateaus, along with … This entrance is currently open only on weekends during the summer dry season. The park is considered mountain bike friendly from the Hunting Hollow entrance, since there are only a few miles of trails off limits to them (though this includes the whole of Orestimba Wilderness, but this is too far away for most bicyclists to reach on a day ride). Bikers and backpackers can access the park via this road at any time, provided they are willing to hike or ride the seven steep miles to the park boundary. Ponderosa pines dominate parts of three ridges in the west: Pine, Middle, and Blue, usually crowning the summits, but often extending down into cooler canyon slopes. The most developed area is at Coe Headquarters located at the historic Pine Ridge Ranch. Two paddocks are available for horses and water for horses can be obtained across the access road. Henry Coe State Park, iPhone 7+, Filmic Pro 6, Feiyu G4 Pro. This is the time of year (spring) when the Milky Way is visible just before dawn. Mustang Peak is where the horses held at Paradise Flat or Mustang Flat were fed into a passing drove.[3][4][5]:399–467. There is a horse camp at Coe Headquarters, but is limited to a single parking space behind the old ranch house. Joaquin Murrieta and his gang used the route to drive wild or stolen horses south from Contra Costa County, picking up more from stations along the way, passing into the area of the park from the San Antonio Valley via a trail that closely followed the route of County Line Road along the divide of the Diablo Range. Henry W. Coe Park is the largest state park in northern California, with over 87,000 acres (135 square miles) of wild open spaces and about 250 miles of trails. This stands out as by far the most impressive mid or late April hike in the bay area (at least in wet years). 'Til next time, stay safe everyone... (Pic taken Wednesday, July 22, 2020; 10:21 p.m.), By: 54WilliamGJusto54 (weather enthusiast). A future entrance is planned to be located in San Antonio Valley in the northernmost part of the park, though it will likely be many years before funds are available to do this. Further inland than many of the other stargazing spots, Henry W. Coe State Park offers phenomenal nighttime views since it is also further away from any city light pollution. There are about 200 miles (320 km) of dirt roads and trails in the park. The latter runs more or less north and, if it were not diverted, would flow out to San Pablo Bay. US. At that time the wildflowers are enough reason to hike 80% of the way to the falls, and the other top bay area waterfalls are well past the best time to visit, or can wait until summer. It was the home of Henry Willard Coe, Jr. and his family from 1905 until his death in 1943. [14], The park was previously one of several state parks threatened with closure in 2008. Low clouds and fog was seen rolling over the city of Morgan Hill/Gilroy below. The park protects part of the California interior chaparral and woodlands ecoregion. They are rarely very dense, and visitors accustomed to seeing ponderosa forests in the Sierra Nevada may come to two opposite, and fallacious, conclusions: 1) That the pines were logged, and all we see left is a small percentage of survivors; or 2) that they were all planted. Recreational uses include swimming, fishing and nature observation. Coe left the ranch to his son, Henry Sutcliffe Coe, who sold it to the Beach Land and Cattle Company of Fresno County in 1948. Amphibians most seen (or heard) include Pacific tree frog, the non-native bullfrog, and California newt. This, in turn, joins Arroyo Valle, which flows into Alameda Creek, then flows into San Francisco Bay west of the city of Fremont. Henry W. Coe State Park: Henry Coe State Park - See 55 traveler reviews, 49 candid photos, and great deals for Morgan Hill, CA, at Tripadvisor. Spring is the most popular time to visit the park, with its moderate weather, green hillsides dotted with colorful wildflowers, and flowing creeks. Quite a few people were also here out camping and enjoying the clear, starry skies. As in all state parks, hunting is prohibited, but fishing is allowed. Please refer to the Henry W. Coe State Park page on California State Parks website for the latest news on park restrictions and closures. As the summer progresses it will be higher in the sky earlier. So awesome! There are also mild days between rainstorms in winter at Coe. This is a good access for spring wildflower viewing. After a leg-burning trek up to Willson Camp and Willson Peak, you descend gently on a … Highlights include rolling hills, large oak … Stakes, at 3,804 feet (1,159 m), is the highest point in Stanislaus County). I even heard a fellow photographer nearby shooting the Milky Way (and possibly NEOWISE) as well. Additionally, there are many ticks of several different species (though Lyme disease is rare in the area), as well as a few venomous rattlesnakes. She deeded the ranch to Santa Clara County to be used as a park in 1953. Morgan Hill. Henry W. Coe State Park (known simply as Henry Coe or Coe Park) is a state park of California, USA, preserving a vast tract of the Diablo Range. The night sky was absolutely amazing! This was during my spontaneous stargazing outing at Henry W. Coe State Park, located on the Diablo Range, near the city of Morgan Hill, CA... *My outing in summary: I left to head to the park just … Henry W. Coe State Park was one of 70 California state parks proposed for closure by July 2012 as part of a deficit reduction program. The park contains over 87,000 acres (35,000 ha), making it the largest state park in northern California, and the second-largest in the state (after Anza-Borrego Desert State Park). Prominent ridges and peaks in the park, from west to east and north to south, include Pine Ridge, Middle Ridge, Blue Ridge (with Mount Sizer the highest point), Rock House Ridge, Bear Mountain, Bear Mountain Peak, Robison Mountain (not Robinson Mountain as it is too often misspelled), Rooster Comb, Palassou Ridge, Mahoney Ridge (and Mahoney Meadows), Willow Ridge, Pacheco Ridge, Mustang Peak, Walsh Peak, Willson Field Hill, Wasno Ridge, Burra Burra Peak, Willson Peak, Rock Springs Peak, and Phegley Ridge. 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