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Henry W. Coe State Park, Morgan Hill

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State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Henry W. Coe State Park (or Coe Park for short) is a state park of California, USA, preserving a vast tract of the Diablo Range. The park is located closest to the city of Morgan Hill, and is located in both Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The park contains over 87000acre, making it the largest state park in northern California, and the second-largest in the state (after Anza-Borrego Desert State Park). Managed within its boundaries is a designated wilderness area of about 22000acre. This is officially known as the Henry W. Coe State Wilderness, but locally as the Orestimba Wilderness. The 89164acre park was established in 1959.
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 the Central Valley and Point of Timber on the Sacramento River Delta. Joaquin Murrieta and his gang used the route to drive stolen horses south from Contra Costa County, passing into the area via the San Antonio Valley. Horses were held at several locations now contained within the park, including Mustang Flat and Coit Camp. Both Mustang Peak and Mustang Flat derive their names from the activities of Murrieta and his gang.
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  • There are multiple entrances to this state park, but we entered via the main Coe Ranch Visitor Center entrance, which is 30 minutes away from Morgan Hill on a windy but scenic road. The park is open.....  more »
  • This is the remnant of a working ranch left over from the Spanish/Mexican land grants. Most of the original buildings are still there and on display. The tarantula festival is a hoot look for it in...  more »
  • Amazing natural beauty. Must-see. Tons of miles of hikes, so many possible backpacking routes! I’m giving it four stars (instead of 5) for 2 reasons: ticks — best way to avoid them is to visit places where they aren’t, and that’s not Henry Coe; and parking — like many popular destinations in the Bay Area, parking at the two lots closest to San Jose can be rough. I recommend going during the week, not weekend, if possible. This is a great place. Henry Coe SP definitely won’t disappoint any hiking enthusiast or nature lover out there.
  • Great hikes! Gorgeous landscape can be found close to park hq. Campgrounds are rustic and ground can be a bit hard packed (bed roll required)

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