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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.
This trail work day will most likely involve working on trails in the headquarters area in Morgan Hill. As soon as we decide where the work will take place I will update this page. A lot will depend on the amount of rain we get this week so check back in on Friday to get the final details.
Coffee and donuts will be provided before the work begins but since we have to travel to get to the work site, please arrive early so you have time to enjoy them. Be there by 8:30am if you want coffee and donuts. We will leave for the work site by 9am.
We will do the trail work rain or shine unless there is heavy rain on the day of the trail work or it is too muddy to work.
Lunch at noon. Please bring your own food and water.
Wear sturdy footwear and clothes for the activity and expected climate. Bring and wear personal protective gear including gloves and eye-wear.
Poison oak, ticks 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/dash
Event ends at 3:00pm, or when volunteer decides it ends, unless otherwise specified.
Permission slip for minors must be filled out and signed prior to the event - Click here for form
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.