The Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park

Park Events


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.

  • Friday April 26Sunday April 28
    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 26 - 28, 2024. 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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  • Sunday May 5
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Meetup Coe Geology Walk
    Henry W. Coe State Park, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, USA

    2.5-mileguided Geology walk, Henry W. Coe State Park - Coe Ranch Entrance Visitor Center



    Come join us on a guided geologic and geographic tour of theancient sea floor that is now the area around the Coe Visitor Center. We willwalk a 2.5-mile loop where we'll see sandstone and chert -- marine sedimentaryrocks that started out as continental material (sandstone), or as tiny planktonfar out in an equatorial sea (chert), and have been pushed around and up due toplate tectonics to form the dramatic topography of Coe. Our route will alsoafford sweeping views of the Santa Clara Valley, Monterey Bay, the volcanicpeaks to the south, the Central Valley, and even some Sierran peaks, dependingon the day's visibility. Terrain: moderate ups and downs, with a short, steepdownhill section at the end.

    What to bring: Hat, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, water, snacks, and optionalhiking poles. Heavy rain cancels. Please check for any messages the eveningbefore the walk.

    Cautions: The Meetup hikeleaders and guides are volunteers willing to share their experiences in asocial hiking environment. Hiking risks include ticks, poison oak, and uneventrail surfaces. Each participant is responsible for evaluating their own hikingskills and stamina to determine if this hike is suitable for them toparticipate.

    Directions: https://coepark.net/planning-your-visit/visitor-centers-and-park-entrances/visitor-center/
    Allow 30 minutes to get to Coe Park from the Hwy 101 turnoff onto East DunneAvenue in Morgan Hill. The road up to Coe is narrow and scenic. Take your timeand enjoy. Parking is $8.00 ($7.00 senior). Bring cash in case the visitorcenter is closed. The following State Park passes are also accepted: GoldenBear, Poppy Pass, and Explorer. Please carpool and arrive early! If thegroup camps fill up, we WILL run out of parking. There is minimalparking availability outside the park. Allow extra time to walk the 1/2 milefrom the remote lot (the first lot you see when you reach the park entrance).

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  • Saturday May 11
    9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Interpretive Bird Walk

    Interpretive Bird Walk:

    Meet at the flag pole at 9:00am.

    Enjoy an early morning 1 to 2 hour interpretive walk about birds led by Senior Park Volunteer Steve McHenry. The hike is an easy hike through the park campground and on nearby trails. 

    Bring water and binoculars if you have them. The Coe Ranch Entrance Visitor Center has binoculars you can borrow.

    There is an $8 Day Use Fee ($7 for 62+) for each vehicle payable at the Visitor Center.

    Heavy rain will cancel.

  • Saturday May 11
    7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Interpretive Bird Talk
    9000 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, USA

    Interpretive Bird Talk:

    Meet at the Coe Ranch Entrance Interpretive room at the bottom of the Visitor Center.

    What is a bird? Join Senior Park Volunteer Steve McHenry to learn about some common birds found in Henry W. Coe State Park. This hour-long slide show and discussion with bird calls, will introduce you to some of  the birds you might see or hear at the park. 

    Kids and well-behaved dogs are welcome.

    There is an $8 Day Use Fee ($7 for 62+) for each vehicle payable at the Visitor Center.

  • Sunday May 12
    8:30 am – 11:00 am
    Mother's Day Breakfast

    Please join us for a Western-style breakfast of pancakes and sausage (pork or vegetarian), fresh
    fruit, orange juice, coffee and tea.

    Tickets: Tickets go on sale April 1. We do sell out, so please
    purchase your ticket early at https://coepark.net/events/mothers-day-breakfast/ . No ticket
    sales after May 5. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10.00 for
    children (10 & under).
    Location: Breakfast is at the Kickham Ranch which is located at then end of Jamieson Road, off of Cañada Road. See map for more details on the link to the event page.

    Parking: There is a $6 parking fee ($5 if there is anyone in your car is 62 or older),
    payable when you purchase your tickets online. Parking is limited, so please carpool if at
    all possible.

  • Friday May 24Monday May 27
    Coit Camp Campout

    The Pine Ridge Association is offering an organized campout in the western interior of Coe Park. Here is your chance to camp and ride or hike some of the remote and less traveled trails out of reach of most day users.

    The campout will include equestrians, hikers, and mountain bikers.

    Guided hikes and rides will be available or you may hike or ride on your own.

    Entry to the park can either be Friday or Saturday morning or Friday afternoon.

    Need to know
    - 4 wheel drive highly recommended for horse trailers as we will travel over 3 miles on a dirt road.
    - Water for your horses as well as for people will be available.
    - Sorry, no dogs. All state park rules apply.

    See the Coit Camp Weekend flyer for more information: https://coepark.net/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/CoitCampWeekendFlyer2024-1.pdf

    Click here to see the events page for more information. .

  • Saturday May 25 9:30 amSunday May 26 3:00 pm
    Mtn Bike Overnight Ride

    After a long hiatus, we will once again offer a bike-packing trip to Pacheco Camp. Instead of biking with all your gear, tent, stove, sleeping pad, sleeping bag etc stuffed in all the packs you can fit on your bike, WE will truck 1 (one) duffel bag for you, and have it waiting for you at Pacheco Camp. Not only that, we will also be cooking dinner for you on Saturday night, and provide a light breakfast with coffee on Sunday Morning.

    The planned route has just over 5,000 feet elevation gain on the first day, and about 11 miles of single track. The ride out will be considerably easier.  

    For more information, check out the events page, here.

  • Sunday June 2
    10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Ranch Day
    Hunting Hollow Entrance, Gilroy Hot Springs, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA

    Bring the family and learn about Ranch Life and the Ranch Animals. There will be all kinds of animals to see and pet including horses big and small. Wander through exhibits and see what life was like on the ranch. There will be lots of crafts for the kids too. Farm animals may include sheep, chickens, large and small horses, rabbits and turkeys.

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  • Saturday June 8
    8:30 am – 2:30 pm
    5K/10K Fun Run and Walk
    Hunting Hollow Entrance, Gilroy Hot Springs, Gilroy, CA 95020, USA

    Our annual 5K/10K fun run and walk takes place each year on the second Saturday in June (June 8th, 2024) at the beautiful Hunting Hollow of Henry W. Coe State Park. The course is a relatively flat dirt road that follows the valley occasionally crossing the potentially wet creek. It is an in and out course with the 5K turn around halfway up the valley while the 10K follows Hunting Hollow to its end before returning. The 5K and 10K start together at 8:30 am at the Hunting Hollow parking lot and also finish there.

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