Outdoors >Henry W. Coe State Park
Chile Hole Loop@Henry Coe.
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This is one of the local bay area hikes (Morgan Hill) that is wonderful to visit during spring time. The trail is covered with a variety of colorful flowers that will keep you and your camera busy.
There are lots of trails to explore, if you're considering China Loop Trail, here are some data points:
China Loop Trail 10Miles
Start out at Coe Headquarters (this is where you can pick up the maps) -Parking Fee $5.00
Take Coral Trail to
Springs Trail to
Manzanita Rd (Fire Rd - you don't have any other choice here
Take China Hole Trail - which will take you all the way down.
This entire portion of the hike is either flat or down hill, - it should take you no longer than 2 hrs to decent.There is a nice camp at the bottom for a picnic.
Once you're ready to head back, you can go back via China Hole Trail (not much shade here) or take Coyote Creek Trail to Madrone Soda Springs.
Both will be an uphill hike, since shade and creek tend to be more pleasant, I would recommend the latter.
Coyote Creek Trail to
Take the Manzanita Fire Rd back to (depending on the shape you're in - it will take 1/1.5hrs to get to Manzanita point)
Forest trail (1.7M) back for change of scenery
All in all, it's a leisurely, pleasant hike. It's not long enough or steep enough to train for the Sierras or peaks over 4000 Meters, but it will definitely wow you with the display wild of flowers.
Hurry! Summer will burn the grass back to yellow and before you know it, you'll miss a great flower season.
Peaceful family camping. This camp site is wonderful.,sooo beautiful and so wonderfully located just out side of the city, but it feels like worlds away. The kids loved it but, beware there really are wild borres. my addvice would be make sure to keep food in car or away from tents they didnt seem to be harmful from what we observed just wandering around after dark looking for food we suspect.
Largest of the northern California state parks, this sprawling park boasts lakes, ponds and wonderful spring wildflowers..
This is the largest of the state parks in Northern California, with over 80,000 acres under management. Henry W. Coe is primarily a wilderness park; it's hot and dry in the summer. Spring offers tremendous wildflower displays.
Campsites for tents, trailers and RVs welcome campers; there are restrooms with toilets, but no showers or hook-ups. There are numerous ponds and lakes in the park, ranging from 2 to 22 miles from the campground at Coe headquarters. Ponds and lakes are accessible only by bike or horse--no vehicle access.
Hnery Coe Park. The only thing missing in this beautiful location to take the family and enjoy a safe and memorable camping trip is there is no showers. Otherwise I would be able to say. this is the perfect place to go.
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