PRA Event


Spring Trail Day
April 9, 2011   9:00AM - 2:00PM
Henry Coe State Park HQ -
Lending a Hand


trailwork_2006On Saturday April 9th, we will work on the realignment of the Jim Donnelley Trail accessed from Hunting Hollow gate.

We'll meet at the Hunting Hollow parking lot at 9AM to organize teams and transport to the work sites and work until 3PM, with a noon time lunch break all together along the trail.

Plan on wearing sturdy boots, long trousers and bring work gloves if you have them. Bring a lunch and water.  We will be working with loppers, rakes and trail tools (McLeods). Instruction on safe tool use will be provided.

Participants under age of 18 will be required to provide a Parental/Guardian Permission for Juveniles consent form:

We'll do trail work rain or shine. If it rains heavily, we'll expect to do less with fewer people and quit early.

Thanks for being willing to help, we're looking forward to a great day in this beautiful park.

Contact Rob Glover at (408) 612-2378 (email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to express your interest in participating.


A Typical Trail Day

9:00am You arrive at the meeting location, mingle with other volunteers, fill out a (very short) form.  Then you grab your lunch, water, and work gloves and head out in a park vehicle or on foot to an area in need of trail work.
9:30am You arrive at a trail head where an experienced trail worker describes the techniques of safe, effective trail work and explains how to use our trail tools.
10:00am You and your crew hike (if necessary) to your trail section and start to work. Your crew leader stays close by to answer questions, demonstrate techniques, and make sure everyone is working safely.
12:00pm Everybody finds a shady spot for lunch
12:30pm Trail work resumes, and everyone is encouraged to drink lots of water if the day is turning warm.
2:00pm Quitting time! You and your crew admire the work you've done, turn in your tools, and head back to your cars, perhaps in the company of newly made friends.

We have two official trail days at the park, one in the fall and the other in spring.  Some people get hooked on building trails, however, and we make special arrangements to let them work additional days during the year.  If you become interested in putting in some "unofficial" trail work time, ask your crew leader for more information or call the park.


Henry Coe State Park HQ



The Visitor Center at Coe Park is open every weekend throughout the year, and it's often open on Fridays and Mondays, especially during the busy months of spring.  It is located about 13 miles from Highway US 101 on East Dunne Avenue east of Morgan Hill.

The building is staffed by park rangers and volunteers who can give you information about the park and help you plan backcountry outings.

In 1953, Sada Coe Robinson bequeathed her beloved Pine Ridge Ranch as a parkland dedicated to the memory of her father.  In 1971, Sada funded the design and construction of the Visitor Center, which has served the public well for over 25 years.  During those years, however, the park has grown immensely in size (from 12,221 to almost 81,000 acres) and in popularity. For more history on Pine Ridge Ranch, see Pine Ridge Ranch - The Beginning.

Getting There

Map to Coe

Coe Park is in the Inner Coast Ranges east of Morgan Hill, a town about 15 miles south of San Jose on U.S. Highway 101.

Highway 101 has three Morgan Hill exits.  The middle one, East Dunne Avenue, is the one you take to get to the park.  Heading south on 101, take the exit, turn left at the stop light, and cross over 101. Heading north on 101, take the exit and turn right.

You'll be heading east and climbing into the hills through residential areas for the first three miles. At the top of the first ridge of hills, when you come to a Y in the road, look for a sign that says "Henry W. Coe State Park, 10 miles." You'll bear right at the Y.

The road crosses a bridge and follows alongside Anderson Reservoir for a ways. Then it turns into a narrow, winding, scenic mountain road.

Note:  If you're going to be driving a large mobile home or pulling a trailer, keep in mind that the road to the park has narrow, almost one-lane sections and several tight hairpin turns and blind curves. If you're used to navigating narrow, winding roads and you drive cautiously, you shouldn't have any problems. However, if you've had little experience with such roads, you may want to reconsider your plans.

For passenger cars, Coe Park is about a 30-minute drive from Highway 101.


Become a Volunteer

Coe Park Volunteer Ranger

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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