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The Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park

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The Pine Ridge Association sponsors several major events during the year in locations throughout the park. Experience the seldom visited eastern side of the park including the Orestimba Wilderness, treat Mom to a great breakfast in the outdoors on her special day, run through Hunting Hollow during late spring, enjoy a day with our fuzzy eight-legged friends in the fall. These and a few other outings are in store for you during year at Henry W Coe State Park.

Read on for more information or take a look at all scheduled activities in the park on the Coe Park Calendar.

  • Saturday July 20
    6:00 pm – 2:00 am
    Moonlight Mtn Bike Ride
    Hunting Hollow Park Entrance, Gilroy Hot Springs, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA

    Join us under the full moon for a thrilling, but challenging Moonlight MTB Ride to Mississippi Lake, or chose the half course! Get ready to pedal under the full moon and stars, starting at the Hunting Hollow Park Entrance. We will then head out to Mississippi Lake and loop back. You can either do the entire 38 mile (7,100 foot elevation gain) route, or take a shortened 23 mile (4,000 foot elevation gain) route. Bring your bike, lights capable of giving up to 6 hours of light, helmet, and a sense of adventure
    For more information see https://coepark.net/events/moonlight-ride/

  • Saturday October 5
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Tarantula Festival
    Visitor Center | Coe Ranch Entrance, 9000 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, USA

    Join us Saturday October 5th, 2024 for the fall Tarantula Festival. Come to the Coe Park Tarantula Festival and rub elbows (so to speak) with some of our fuzzy, friendly eight-legged guests of honor. The event is held at the buildings near the visitor center and the Coe Ranch campground. Activities include: Guided Hikes, a tarantula expert, kids activities and more.

    The event is sponsored by the parks cooperating association the Pine Ridge Association. More Information

  • Saturday March 1
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Rain Coats and Rubber Boots
    Hunting Hollow Entrance, Gilroy Hot Springs, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA

    Rain Coats and Rubber Boots Event

    Sponsored by the Pine Ridge Association

    Bring the kids, rubber boots and raincoats (or shorts & t-shirts, depending on weather), lunch, snacks, drinks, towels and dry clothes for the ride home. Play, hike, and float a boat or rubber duck (provided) in the creek. Go on a scavenger hunt, learn about the plants, animals & rocks. Find out what makes it rain

    KIDS, BRING YOUR BIKES AND HELMETS (a few loaner bikes and helmets will be available) and ride the Mountain Biking Challenge Course for Kids (weather permitting). Learn to navigate obstacles you might find on the trail under the supervision of experienced mountain bikers. Parent/guardian signature required for minors to participate.

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  • Saturday April 5Sunday April 6
    Guided Backpacking Trip

    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.

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  • Friday April 25Sunday April 27
    Backcountry Weekend
    Bell Station, CA 95023, USA

    For one spectacular weekend this spring, Henry W. Coe State Park will open the gate at Bell's Station on Highway 152 east of Gilroy and allow registered attendees to drive along Kaiser-Aetna Road beyond the Dowdy Visitor Center. The Coe Backcountry Weekend, held in the little-traveled east side of the 87,000-acre park is scheduled for April 25 - 27, 2025. The event is sponsored by the Pine Ridge Association and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.

    Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians have a unique opportunity to see and enjoy an area isolated from the park's Morgan Hill entrance by long distances and rugged terrain. The east side of the park has beautiful spring wildflowers, great fishing, and scenic trails, some with breathtaking panoramic views of the Diablo Range. The ridges and valleys are broader and easier to travel than the steep terrain in the western part of the park, and you can plan trips to areas that normally require several days of strenuous backpacking, places like Mississippi Lake and the Orestimba Wilderness.

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