PRA Event


Guided Backpacking Tour
April 7, 2018 - April 8, 2018  
Dowdy Visitor Center - Bell's Station Entrance -
Coe Outings


Guided Backpacking Tour

This trip is SOLD OUT.

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At 87,000 acres, Henry W. Coe State Park is the second largest state park in California.  All of this vast and varied terrain can only be reached by foot, bike or on horseback making much of the park’s most striking scenery beyond the easy reach of visitors.

In springtime, the hills are green, the streams are running, and the hillsides burst with colorful wildflowers. The eastern reaches of the park are beautiful rolling oak savanna that is a sight to behold – and no one is there.

The Pine Ridge Association is offering a guided weekend backpack trip into these stunning areas of the park that few visitors ever see. After driving twelve miles in from Coe Park's Bell Station entrance, we will shoulder our packs at the Orestimba Corral. From there, we will walk the Orestimba Creek Trail, then proceed out Orestimba Creek Road (about 4 miles in all) where we will set up camp and explore points beyond (Paradise Flat/Rooster Comb/Red Creek) with a day pack.

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  • Participants should be experienced backpackers and have adequate ability, experience, and equipment to hike up to eight miles a day, carry their own load, and meet their personal needs in the backcountry, including all meals.
  • Trips will take place rain or shine unless park officials deem roads unpassable in which case the trip will be rescheduled. If you are unable to participate on the rescheduled date, your money will be refunded.
  • Trips will begin Saturday morning and end late Sunday afternoon.
  • We will meet at the Bell's Station entrance on Saturday morning April 7 between 8am and 9am for secure parking for your vehicle for the weekend. We will organize carpools and drive into the park from there to the trailhead. We will depart the parking lot at 9am.
  • Participants should understand the common hazards that go with traveling in the wilderness. At Coe Park in spring, be aware of poison oak and ticks in particular.


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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