Coe Hunting Hollow - Trail, Morgan Hill, California

Coe Hunting Hollow - Trail, Morgan Hill, California

DESCRIPTION

Steep Single Track, double track and dirt roads. There's an endless variety here. Try this one: Ride upstream on pavement 1.3 mi to end of road. Cross gate continue on dirt road. Climb up Anza trail on right in 1/2 mi and then climb Jackson trail on right after meadow after switchbacks. This 1200' in 1.5 mi tops out into a doubletrack. Ascend Jackson Field Hill. Descend to dogleg left, intersect Wasno Rd, take this right E. Continue rolling ridge road. At summit before pond descend WasGriz on right S singletack to Grizzly Gulch. Turn left at bottom. Climb gently. In 1/3 mi turn right and climb Serpentine Trail. Emerge near Willson Peak summit. Turn right on Steer Ridge Rd. Follow this to the single track conclusion and your vehicle.(mileages approximate)

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[Feb 03, 2012]
CrankyPooper
Cross Country Rider

Hi - how do you get a map of this trail?

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[May 27, 2008]
Mike
Cross Country Rider

Whether you're hiking or biking, Coe is an incredible place. Hundreds of miles of trails(single track, fire road, whatver), incredible scenery, and unsually not a soul in sight. It is also very rugged with steep climbs that can be exhausting; and it is very remote and the network of trails can be difficult to navigate, even with a map. In other words, it is an easy place to get yourself in some serious trouble if you're not careful.

That being said, Hunting Hollow is a great place to get a taste of biking at Coe without getting too committed. There are some great shorter and easier loops here, where you start with the climb and end with the decent. Keep in mind though that "shorter and easier" still means 10+ miles with more than 2000' of elevation gain. So, like other shave said, be prepared. Bring lots of water and food, tools and a patch kit for minor repairs, and BE SURE TO BRING A MAP!

Customer Service

A great starter route is to ride about 3 miles up the relatively flat Hunting Hollow Road till you reach Wagon Road. Make a left on Wagon Road and start to climb. After about 1K' of climbing the trail will drop down about 400' but don't get too excited 'cause you'll have to gain it all back. Keep going up,and shortly after passing Wilson Camp(a few old shacks)you'll come to a trail intersection. Turn left here, onto Steer Ridge trail. Cruise along the top of Steer Ridge until you reach the top of the Lyman Wilson Trail.

This is where all that climbing finally pays off. The Lyman Wilson Ridge Trail is seriously fun single track that will drop you down nearly 1400' in 2.5 miles. Nothing really technical, but it is pretty steep in some places.Once you reach the bottom turn left and backtrack 1/2 mile or so to your car.

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Countless trails in Henry Coe. Rancho Canada Del Oro just south of San Jose.

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[Sep 01, 2007]
scaplener
Cross Country Rider

My all time favorite place to ride, hands down. Park at the bridge, ride up Coit Ridge, and descend into Grizzly Gulch. There are 5, 10, and 20 mile sections you can do (if you go all the way to Wagon Road, I think it's called). Like everyone says, bring as much food and water as you can - you'll most likely use it all. I've hiked and ridden the park since the late 70's, and it's off the chain crazy. Hardly see a soul (a big plus for me), lots of wildlife, and great views. Folks are friendly, just be as well. Heck, even the gangsters practicing target shooting at the bridge will give you a friendly hello. Never had a problem at all. Don't park overnight. Teenager opportunists may pop a window to scope for whatever it is teens think they can find. If wild boar chase you, hammer down. Put it in high gear and get outta there - they can F you up fast. I've ridden it 5 times in a week (at my peak), and averaged much less - more like once a week. You can ride anywhere if you ride here. Oh, and have a map. Even though I grew up on the boundary, the canyons are so steep and the the growth so thick, you don't have time nor energy to waste 'bushwacking to where you think you gotta be.'

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bridge > coit road > grizzly gulch, anything else 'close' to parking. it's a huge park, and would take multiple lifetimes to explore every trail. GO FOR IT. enjoy. cheers.

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[Jul 10, 2007]
Mitch
Racer

it can get very hot during the summer, and there could be a lot of people. this was the hardest ride i had done, there are very steep long hills. the only thing i didn't like was that there wasn't much downhill, i only did about 5 miles of downhill that day, and 20 miles of climbing. i could have took the wrong turn, because i didn't see any bike riders at all.

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[Sep 17, 2005]
boulder creek fuel rider
Cross Country Rider

Henry Coe State Park has the best riding in cental Ca. Avoid June-Sept as the temps are even hotter than Gilroy. Best in the spring when its green, Next best is winter when all the creeks are full. Takes a few trips to figure out best routes, as the climbing is a major factor in how far you can ride- map is important for your first few trips. Disc brakes are the way to go. Food and water - as much as you can carry.

Customer Service

Some of the single track you want to hit are... Spike Jones, Cross Canyon,Domino Pond,Elderberry,Jackson Trail and Anza. These are all West of Coit Lake and most acessible to the Hunting Hollow parking area. There are tons more of good stuff deep in the park but best to get the good stuff thats close and at the same time get a feel for the size of this park.

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You can't go wrong. You are going to climb alot here and depending on your conditioning you are gonna see alot of nice scenery and get back to your car very tired. I've done 40 miles here but have had some intense 15-20 mile rides. Hardly anyone rides here- or maybe its that is is very big and spread out and you just don;t see everyone. Fair amountof horses. These are the serious top notch endurance horses and are usually with very nice folks who are interested in trail info-water sources andgenerally playing in the woods just like us. Be nice to everyone- say hi etc. We're trying to change the horse/bike thing into something more agreeable than it seems to be on the more crowded trail areas.

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[Sep 09, 2000]
buthead

bring lots of h2o at least 2 large bottles all year long. in the summer pack a lunch and carry extra h2o.you could die!

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from ranger station take fire road to 1st single track on the left to frog lake then take fireroad up to middle ride trail 3.2 miles of downhill to creek cross creek 3 x's climb single track to fireroad the back to ranger station

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the bay area has numerous trails too many to identify

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[Sep 20, 2000]
daytripper

Henry Willard Coe State Park is the place where full suspension is really helpful on the descents, making bumpy meadow downhills a blast. Disc brakes are also recommended as they will not fade, and allow the pilot to maintain the long controlled safe descents over steep grades that pilots will encounter on these suggested descents in the Hunting Hollow area.

Customer Service

Hunting Hollow is the best place to begin Mountain Bike rides in Coe. I have been riding and leading big rides here for years. Things are changing out here. News: It now costs only $1.00 park for a day at Hunting Hollow. Many cars have been broken into in this area in the past. The Park Service is making many material improvements, such as vault toilets at popular backcountry camping areas and intersections. Eventually some "trails" may end up being closed, so ride them while you can. Contact ROMP.ORG for awesome epic rides that reveal the true singletracks of Coe.
Always be prepared by carrying plenty of water to start, plus a water filter, knowledge of where to expect to find water, and extra repair and food supplies out here.
Try ride east from Hunting Hollow up the flat vast valley to the end and take the Wagon Road climb to the north. At the top where there are water troughs in a meadow go left on Phegley Ridge. Ride by Red Fern Pond and descend Phegley Ridge Trail. This goes from fire road to singletrack and leads back to the big valley you came from. Realize this was a tiny loop in Coe. If you liked this, and hacked it out easily, ffind another loop, like climb Lyman Willson to the Bowl Rd, go left and then climb Middle Steer Ridge and from the summit of Willson Peak take Steer Ridge or the Spike Jones Trail back into the valley. You will have had one of the best rides of your life, or you are a wannabe, and are exhausted.

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[Feb 13, 2002]
hardtail hoppin'

Coe is huge! Also, there are two entrances. The north entrance goes to Park HQ, the south leads to Hunting Hollow parking lot and Coyote Creek entrance. Take 101S. to Gilroy and exit Leavsley Rd (the outlet exit), there more to it than that so you're on your own from there.

Make your way 7 miles up Coit Rd and either visit Kelly Lake or cruise Wasno Ridge (which takes you to Grizzly Gulch). China Hole is fun to go to but the climb out was more daunting that we expected. We found the loop across Wasno and over Phegly Ridge, returning you through Hunting Hollow, was also excessivly steep. Stick with the gulch, Steer Ridge, or Coit Rd for your return. These are just the main routes. In between all of these fire roads is some great single track.

A friend and I love this place. We usually get in 20 mile rides and will see less than a handfull of people...even when the parking lot is packed! This past weekend we made the 40 mile loop to Mississippi Lake - Coe is best to ride in non-summer months unless you bring an excessive amount of water and enjoy heat. Views are nice and a sharp eye can even see the Sierra Nevada mtns across the Central Valley.

Wildlife is plentiful, especially on weekdays - we've seen deer, boar, rabbits, turkeys, coyotes, and bobcats while riding Coe.

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Coyote Creek entrance and up Coit Rd. Come back down through Grizzly Gulch for rugged single track. Coe is full of steep hills and tough riding - you've been warned :O

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Go to the Coe website and purchase a map, and don't ride in there without it! Be friendly and talk to people you meet on the trails - they're usually the ones who know the best places to ride ;-)

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[Mar 11, 2002]
Peter Fitzwell

I like taking the Coit Road (fire road) climb. Take the Jackson trail to Anza trail (both awsome singletrack) back down to coit road. You can park at the bridge to save fee. Not too long of a ride, but great for us ol' farts. Avoid the grizzly, as it has just been graded (March 02). Very loose dirt at steep angles. Not too much fun. Hunting hollow enterance is okay once you get past all the creek crossings.

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Coit Road,Jackson Trail/Anza Trail loop.

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Coit road (or single track shortcuts) past Kelly Lake to Coit lake. Great fishing there. I'm still working my way up to longer rides. Bring lots of water & food. A park map is a must!

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