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Springs Trail Forest Trail Loop
Distance (round trip): 3.7 miles
Elevation Gain (round trip): 320 feet
Map: Click here for map
Description: This pleasant dayhike includes two of the most popular trails in the park. Springs Trail has lots of open areas with beautiful wildflowers in the spring, waves of golden grass in the fall, and breathtaking views all year. Along the trail, you'll pass several springs that once provided water for homesteaders and their cattle. Forest Trail meanders through sheltered woodlands with dappled sun and occasional openings that give you great views of Middle Ridge and Blue Ridge. At each end of the Forest Trail, you'll find a box with self-guided nature trail pamphlets.
Counterclockwise Route: Starting at the trailhead close to the stop sign, follow Corral Trail until you come to the first trail junction. Take the right fork and follow Springs Trail to its eastern end. Cross the two roads (Manzanita Point Road and Poverty Flat Road) and continue on Forest Trail until you reach its western end, at "Grand Junction." At that point, you can head back on the road or take the short spur trail across the road, turn right at the lower trail junction, and follow the Corral Trail back to park headquarters.
Options: You can hike this loop in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. If temperature is a consideration, plan to be on the Springs Trail when the sun's warmth would be welcome and on the Forest Trail when shade would be best.
Are you interested in learning more about Henry W. Coe State Park and sharing your knowledge with park visitors? How about helping out with annual events or maintenance of springs and trails? If so, visit our Volunteer page.
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