The Pine Ridge Association at
Henry W. Coe State Park
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Coe Park is the largest state park in northern California, with over 87,000 acres of wild open spaces. The terrain of the park is rugged, varied, and beautiful, with lofty ridges and steep canyons. Once the home of Ohlone Indians, the park is now home to a fascinating variety of plants and animals, including the elusive mountain lion. Within Coe Park are the headwaters of Coyote Creek, long stretches of the Pacheco and Orestimba creeks, and a 23,300-acre wilderness area.
The Pine Ridge Association was formed in 1975 to assist park staff in providing interpretive and educational programs to the public. It provides funds to support guided walks, evening talks , and the state park's volunteer program. It also sponsors the annual Mother's Day Breakfast, the fall Tarantula Fest and barbecue, the Backcountry Weekend, and other park events.
Download the results from the June 11, 2022 Hunting Hollow 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk here.
A new revision of the Natural History of the Forest Trail guide is available at the Coe Ranch Visitor Center. Most of the common plants found at Henry W. Coe State Park can be seen along this trail which includes numbered stations referenced in the guide. The short one-mile trail, located one-half mile from the Coe Ranch Visitor Center, also illustrates the common physical factors that control where and how well plants grow at Coe.
The trail guide is available for purchase or to borrow in the Coe Ranch Visitor Center and for pick up and drop off at each end of the Forest Trail. You can also download a copy here.
The Fall 2022 issue of the Ponderosa quarterly newsletter is now available. We are saying so long to our beloved backcountry Ranger, Cameron Bowers, and wish him the very best in his well deserved retirement. The annual Tarantula Festival this year was well attended; you can tell by the magnificent pictures that children and adults had a super time. Our wonderful volunteers and park staff continue to keep our springs clean/running and the dreaded yellow star thistle eradicated where possible. Whether you love them or hate them, we do have a great article on California ground squirrels; it is interesting how they go about confronting snakes and actually going on the offensive at times. Read on!.
Winter in the park can include gray storms with black billowing clouds. It can also offer a sunny afternoon, perfect for wandering along the trails among leafless oaks and ambling newts.
Check the Planning Your Visit page for current conditions.
We're always working to maintain and improve the buildings, trails and springs that support our park users. There are springs to repair, trees to remove, trails and roads to maintain, dams to clean and all kinds of short, 1-3 day activities to help Coe Park. Click here to find out how you can Lend a Hand.