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On Saturday May 5th, the PRA and Coe's Uniformed Volunteers will conduct Trail Maintenance from Coe Park Headquarters on a couple of the popular hiking trails near HQ. The trail to be worked will be the Forest Trail.
Plan to park at the Dunne Avenue Entrance Parking Lot (with the ticket kiosk near the coe park sign). Then walk the half mile trail to the visitor center by 9AM to meet at the White Barn and organize teams, hand out tools and a tool safety talk. We will walk to the work sites on the Forest Trail. We'll 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're expecting a beautiful, sunny day with temperatures in the 70s, so bring sun protection as well.
We will be working with loppers, hand saws, McLeods, Pick-mattocks, and shovels. Instruction on safe tool use will be provided. There is a risk of poison oak exposure at a few locations along the trail. Also, it is tick season, so checking for ticks regularly will be advised.
Participants under age of 18 will be required to provide a Parental/Guardian Permission for Juveniles consent form: (http://coepark.org/pineridgeassociation/images/forms/dpr208c.pdf)Thanks for being willing to help, we're looking forward to a great day in this beautiful park.
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.
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.
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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.
Thank you! We rely on your generous support.