Closure Notice (3/16/2023): Due to hazardous conditions, Henry W. Coe State Park is closed until further notice. Creeks are high with swift flowing water, trees may fall, and there are mudslides throughout the park causing unsafe conditions.

Please refer to the Henry W. Coe State Park page on California State Parks website for the latest news on park restrictions and closures.

Backcountry pond

Coe Park volunteers are offering a guided group backpack trip into stunning areas of the park that few visitors ever see.

This will be a rare opprounity to use vehicles to access the trailhead at the junction of Kaiser Aetna and County Line roads in the eastern portion of the park. From there you will backpack deeper in Coe's backcountry and spend the night in utter solitude.

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 usually 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.


  • Participants should be experienced backpackers and have adequate ability, experience, and equipment to hike up to 8 miles a day, carry their own load, and meet their personal needs in the backcountry, including all meals.  Trip will take place rain or shine unless park officials deem roads impassable in which case the trip will be cancelled or rescheduled. If you are unable to participate on the rescheduled date, your money will be refunded.
  • Trip will begin Saturday morning and end late Sunday afternoon.
  • We will meet at the Bell's Station park entrance on Highway 152 (Pacheco Pass Highway), all drive to the Dowdy entrance. From there, participants may choose to carpool or drive their own vehicles to the trailhead at the junction of Kaiser Aetna and County Line roads. We will travel over dirt roads passable by street vehicles.
  • We will backpack as a group to the campsite area.
  • 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 and rattlesnakes in particular.


Event is limited to 20 partcipants.

This event is full. Check back later in case there are canellations.

Cost: $55/person, $45/per person for Pine Ridge Association members. All proceeds benefit the Pine Ridge Association. Once signed up, more details will follow.

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Coe Park Volunteer

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.

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