PRA Event


2nd Saturday Trail Work Day
June 14, 2014   9:00AM - 4:00PM
Dowdy Visitor Center - Bell's Station Entrance -
Lending a Hand


You are cordially invited to lend a hand in trail work at Coe Park. 

If you're a hiker, a mountain biker, or a horseback rider, you know that great trails help make great parks. Trails don't just happen though, and many budget-stressed parks (like Coe) rely on volunteers to build new trails and keep old trails open.

Meet at 9am Saturday June 14 in the Dowdy Visitor Center parking lot.  We will provide shuttle via Kaiser/Aetna and County Line Roads to the north end (top) of Dutch’s Trail where we will perform trail maintenance by clearing brush from the trial corridor while hiking back down to Kaiser/Aetna Rd at Pacheco Crossing where the shuttle vehicles will give us a lift back up to the Dowdy VC.  We may also work on the Purple Pond, Yellowjacket, Tie Down and North Fork Trails.  This will be a strenuous day involving approximately 5 miles of hiking.  Be prepared to carry enough water to last the day.

Lunch at noon. (Pack your own)

Wear sturdy footwear and clothes for the activity and expected climate. Bring and wear personal protective gear including gloves and eye-wear. Sunscreen and bug repellent recommended.

We will provide brushing tools but if you have a favorite pruning saw or pair of loppers feel free to bring them.

Poison oak, ticks, rattlesnakes and other objective hazards may be encountered.

You will be required to sign a waiver in order to participate.

Parking is free for volunteers if a parking pass is obtained during the orientation and displayed upon your windshield/dashboard.

Event ends at 4:00 PM, or when volunteer decides it ends (but a long walk back if leaving early!), unless otherwise specified.  (We hope to get back down to the shuttle vehicles no later than 3~3:30)

Click here to download Parent/guardian permission slip.

For more information contact Ranger Cameron Bowers -   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Volunteer Paul Liebenberg - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please RSVP to both.  Participation will be limited.


Dowdy Visitor Center - Bell's Station Entrance



Bell's Station on Highway 152 is located  6.5 miles east of the Highway 152/Highway 156 junction. If you're driving east from this junction, look for the left turn lane and indicate your intention to turn left well in advance. You'll first see a high rock outcrop on the south side of Highway 152, then the old white Bell's Station building on the north side of the highway. Move into the left turn lane and turn very carefully across oncoming westbound traffic. If you're traveling west from Interstate 5, the Bell's Station turnoff is approximately 22 miles from Interstate 5. Again, look for the old white Bell's Station building on the north side of Highway 152 and turn north at Bell's Station. If you miss the turn into Coe Park at Bell's Station traveling from either direction, proceed to the next safe place to turn around, which might be three or four miles.

The distance from Bell's Station to the Dowdy Ranch visitor center is seven miles. The road is unpaved, quite rough in some areas, a somewhat steep climb in the lower reaches, and has many turns and bends. Drive slowly and enjoy the gorgeous views opening up on all sides. Beware of dust and slow down if a vehicle approaches from the opposite direction. The road is safe to drive in 2WD vehicles, but carry a spare tire and extra water just in case. Plan on 30 minutes each way for the trip.  There is no parking along the road until you reach the Dowdy Ranch area. The speed limit is 25 mph.


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