Backcountry Weekend


June Bloom Hike
June 15, 2013   6:45PM - 8:30PM
Hunting Hollow Entrance and Parking Lot -
Pine Ridge Association Events


wavyleafsoapplantHave you ever seen a Wavy Leaf Soap Plant bloom before? Come and see the delicate blossoms of this night blooming plant. 

We will meet in the Hunting Hollow parking lot and start our hike at 6:45 PM sharp for a journey up the new Jim Donnelly Trail where many Soap Plants exist. If you are not there on time you will have to catch up to the group at the base of the Jim Donnelly Trail. Since the sun will go down quickly we must get started on time. Wear shoes suitable for hiking up the trail and bring a sweater or jacket as the sun will soon disappear. Please bring your own water and a flashlight just in case it gets too dark. This hike is suitable for all family members capable of hiking up the hill and back.

The Wavy Leaf Soap Plant usually starts blooming in mid June but it all depends on the weather. This hike will take place on the first Saturday evening after the blooms start appearing. Since some of the plants are already blooming, the hike will be on June 15th.


Hunting Hollow Entrance and Parking Lot


Map to Hunting Hollow and Coyote Creek Entrances

The Hunting Hollow entrance and parking lot is located on the south-west edge of the park on Gilroy Hot Springs Road north-east of Gilroy.

The Hunting Hollow gate and parking area is open 24 hours a day, year round. You can arrive at the entrance and park any time of day or night. You can self-register for day use or backpacking. Be sure to take a park map with you when you head into the backcountry. You'll find free handout maps at the bulletin board in the parking area. You can also study a large park map stapled to the bulletin boards. Large maps are available for purchase on weekends when the parking area is staffed (in March through June).

There are no car camping sites at the Hunting Hollow entrance.

Dogs are not allowed beyond the Hunting Hollow entrance. See Dogs at Coe Park for more information.

No drinking water is available at the Hunting Hollow entrance, so be sure to bring what you'll need.

Getting There

The Coe Park Hunting Hollow entrance is located on Gilroy Hot Springs Road, the same road you take to get to Coyote Reservoir.

To get to the entrances, take Highway 101 to Gilroy (which is about 10 miles south of Morgan Hill and 25 miles south of San Jose). The distance from 101 to the Hunting Hollow entrance is about 9 miles.

Take the Leavesley Road exit (County Road G9) and head east.

After about 1.8 miles, turn left (north) on New Avenue; go a little over half a mile and then turn right (east) on Roop Road. About 3.3 miles up Roop Road, you'll pass the Coyote Reservoir Road on the left.

The Hunting Hollow entrance is about 3.3 miles past the Coyote Reservoir Road turnoff.


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