Planning Your Visit
With over 87,000 acres of ridges and canyons and gorgeous views, Coe Park is a wilderness paradise for hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Although the park is only about an hour's drive from San Jose, it seems far removed from the bustle and clamor of cities and suburbs, and its backcountry provides a remote, serene environment.
The park has over 250 miles of multiple use trails and old ranch roads that can be traveled in all seasons. Trips in the park range from leisurely loops of about a mile and a half with little elevation variation to highly ambitious backpacking loops of 50 miles or more with elevation gains and losses in thousands of feet.
On long hikes, be sure to take plenty of water and food. Some of the trails and roads on the more strenuous hikes are incredibly steep, which can make for slow going and trips that turn out to take longer than you thought they might. On warm days, take more water than you think you'll need, and don't forget to carry a map with you. Coe Park is a huge wilderness, and it's not that hard to take a wrong turn and get lost.
There are two main entrances to Henry W. Coe State Park that are open to the public. The park headquarters is located at the end of East Dunne Avenue east of Morgan Hill. The Hunting Hollow entrance is located east of Gilroy along Coyote Creek. You can find information on these entrances on the "Visitor Centers and Park Entrances" page available on the menu to the right.