San Jose, California
March 11, 2006
Henry W. Coe State Park – Grizzly Gulch
Santa Clara County
Henry W. Coe is the largest state park in Northern California. First a county park in 1953 then became a state park in 1958. This park was family ranchland from about 1900 to 1953.
We will be hiking the south side of the park. We will meet at 9:30 AM at the the Hunting Hollow parking lot and shuttle hikers to the trail head at the Coyote Creek entrance of the park. The hike will start at 10 AM on the Spike Jones trail, continue on the Grizzly Gulch trail, to Serpentine trail, to Steer Ridge Road, to Middle Steer Ridge trail, and end up where you parked at the Hunting Hollow parking lot.
This Level 4 hike is eight miles with an elevation gain of 1,200 feet.
From San Jose take 101 south towards Gilroy. Exit at Leavesly Road and go left (east) 2 miles to New Ave. Proceed left on New Ave. about 0.5 miles and turn right on Roop Road. Follow Roop Road as it becomes Gilroy Hot Springs Road. Stay left to stay on Gilroy Hot Springs Road as you pass Canada Road. The Hunting Hollow parking lot will be on your right about 6.5 miles in, we will meet there. Note that the Coyote Creek entrance is about 1.5 miles further at the road's end.
Drive time from San Jose is about 1 Hour. Please park at Hunting Hollow by 9:30. We will need to shuttle people from the Hunting Hollow parking lot to the Coyote Creek trailhead, for there is very little space to park at the trailhead.
Parking is $4.00; there should be a ranger there to collect it, but bring exact change in case you need to put it in an envelope. Dogs not Allowed . There should be free small maps on a bulletin board at the parking lot, and larger ones for $4.50 if a ranger is there.