Middle Ridge Loop (Henry W Coe State Park) - Trail, Morgan Hill, California

Middle Ridge Loop (Henry W Coe State Park) - Trail, Morgan Hill, California

DESCRIPTION

Start and headquarts and take the fire road into the park. Take flat frog trail to Frog Lake. From frog lake head to the top of middle ridge and follow the singletrack 3 1/2 miles down to coyote creek. It's almost all downhill and all singletrack. Watch the switchbacks. From Coyote Creek cross it twice and look for the fire road going up and up and up back to the headquarters. Suffer and put it in the granny. If you want to extend the ride you can go further into the park and explore.

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[Aug 21, 2010]
Quik564
Cross Country Rider

An HD video summary of the Middle Ridge & China Hole loop at Henry Coe:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOyuntWZtx8&fmt=37

Henry Coe is a singletrack gem tucked away in a rocky, live-oak valley outside Morgan Hill, CA. Coe is an IMBA Epic and rated as a Top Ten California singletrack with long, lung busting climbs and fast, rolling descents. The Middle Ridge to China Hole route is a popular 15 mile, 4400 ft elevation max singletrack loop.

Customer Service

Coe Headquarters - Manzanita Road - Flat Frog Trail - Middle Ridge Trail - Poverty Flat road - Mahoney Meadows - Lost Spring Trail - China Hole Trail - Headquarters.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
[Jun 03, 2005]
cakes
Cross Country Rider

I have been to Henry Coe quite a few times on many different rides. This is my favorite of all tried since it has the most singletrack. The flat frog trail is indeed flat, narrow and very scenic. It is a great trail since it warms you up for a moderate climb to middle ridge trail after reaching frog lake. The first section of downhill is not too technical and not too steep and halts at a pretty steep uphill for a little less than a mile. Then, the downhill begins again. While not very technical (no roots, rocks, and dropoffs), it is what I prefer anyways which is FAST downhill riding on mostly hardpack but with a lot of scenery. The trail gives you that "crashing through the forest feeling" that I really like. Nearer the bottom, it is generally steeper with quite a few switchbacks to check your speed. This trail was completely rideable and represents the limit of my technical ability on a mountain bike (of course the trail is much easier with my Giant Reign 2). Once at the bottom, there is a small creek to cross (twice) that I never managed to get quite through without completely submerging my shoe. The uphill back to headquarters is the worst part. The fireroad route is VERY steep and you need to be in good riding shape to make it the whole way. The better alternative is to find your way to the China hole trail, singeltrack with a much gentler and scenic climb.

Customer Service

Flat frog trail to frog lake then to the middle ridge trail. Once at the bottom, find a way to the China hole trail start, a much better route than the fireroad climb back to the headquarters. Take lots of water, especially in summer (and get an early start in summer). Be sure to check yourself for ticks when you get back to the car.

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I did a loop to coit lake in Henry Coe that was quite nice. The china hole trail might be a fun downhill and then uphill run. Other than that, I stick to the Braille trail in Soquel and Wilder state ranch in Santa Cruz.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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5
[Aug 27, 2004]
punkassean
Weekend Warrior

This loop is truly fun albeit cumbersome at times. I typically prefer a ride that starts with climbing and finishes with a nice long descent. This ride is sort of the opposite in that you can take Flat Frog trail most of the way to Middle Ridge Trail (which is the beginning of the downhill) After about 3 miles of really fun and fast but not very technical singletrack you end up in Poverty Flats. If you are lucky there might be some water down there but don't take the Rangers word for it, I have been told many times that the river was running only to find it dry. From there you can climb back up Pacheco Road to the HQ. This climb is very steep at times but luckily it is mostly shady until the last mile or so where it's not as steep anyway. You can also climb out of Cougar trail or China Hole trail back up to Manzanita Point and then to HQ. This is a good XC loop but a light hardtail or XC race bike is best, no need for anything over 4" / 28-30lb. bike max and always bring lots and lots of water!

Customer Service

HQ > Pacheco Road > Flat Frog > Hobbs Road > Middle Ridge > Pacheco Road back ^ to HQ.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 17, 1998]
Beavis

Good ride. Real good ride. One of my favorites. Bring lots of water. It gets hot. Oh yeah, and the fireroads climbs are great for your thighs too.

Customer Service

Middle ridge.

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Henry Coe is like some 80,000 acres. Many trails. Legend has it people have got lost out there for days.

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5
VALUE
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[Feb 14, 1999]
SMEDGELATER

Great 10 to 12 mile ride with a steep climb out.

Customer Service

Start the ride the same way. Hang a right at the creek and ride/push to China hole. Cross the creek and take China Hole Singletrack up to Mohoney Meadows where the bobcats roam and try to drag race you on the fireroad! Crank up "The Bitches", past the junction to Gilroy,up a little further round Blue Tank Springs and drop into the legendary SHARK FIN SINGLETRACK. Only the locals know why it's called by this name. You gotta find it! If you find the fin, which is an awsome sight, all future rides will be compared to it's glory. Full suspension or be slow. After the pig pond go right to the main fireroad and then left out the Gilroy entrance. Drop a vehicle here earlier or think about 13 and a half miles back with 10 of it uphill!

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 08, 1999]
Rob Belskey

The single track to Frog Lake is relatively flat and scenic, but once you get on the Middle Ridge, let the brakes go for some 35+ mph single track! Later on, it gets steep with low overhanging branches -- watch out -- I broke a helmet when I head-butted one. Probably one of the best single track rides I have come across, and the climb out of the valley was slow and torturous, but well worth it. Because of a navigational error, we climbed the sucker twice...

Customer Service

Frog Lake to Middle Ridge

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5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 18, 1999]
Bradon

I visited a friend who lives in Morgan Hill. In Reno we've got some 3000 foot climbs that are real leg burners and, he said the hills in Henry Coe were shorter but steeper. I thought he was full of s*$#t. Boy was I wrong. I have never in my life seen steeper trails than the ones at Henry Coe. I crashed twice (he crashed once) nearly wore through a pair of pads and, spent a large amount of time in granny gear. It was a great change of pace from the rocky, wide open desert ridding of northern Nevada. One of the reviewers said that he heard of people getting lost for days out there. All the hills look the same and the manzanita makes it hard to get any good views. Make sure you know where you're going or take someone who has been there before.

Customer Service

After we got to frog lake we went on a single track to poverty valley then back to the ranger station. It's a little bit different route than the one described in the intro but, just as fun.

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I'm not from there so I don't know of any other trails.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 03, 1999]
Bob R.

Well, What can you say. Middle Ridge is an excellent ST. It is a great time to just cruise and enjoy. Love the Manzanita sections, and the climb out. Do you know of a more difficult climb? Steep..

Customer Service

Today... Middle Ridge to Chjina hole and back up to HQ.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 23, 1999]
bilbo

i just rode this trail while visiting. i didn't have a friend to ride with, but got lucky and picked the route that is described most here. all i have to say, is that if you have the time, this place has the makings of 'epic' written all over it. i only rode for 3 or 4 hours, and barely scratched the surface of how many trails are here. the scenery is amazing. i rode on a weekday, and never saw anyone all day. the little map you can pick up at the ranger station, and the signs posted in the park are great, and enough to keep you from being lost. bring extra water/food, because this is not the place i would want to spend 3 days hiking out of with a broken leg. the middle ridge run is mandatory bombing run for all speed junkies, and it takes like no energy to get there on 90% single track (i kinda cheeted and took the walking trail from the headquarters). although when i got to the poverty flat area, i was kinda faced with taking fire roads out, which is not my thing. so i just took the middle ridge back. i am not sure if this was a good idea, cause i am not tinker juarez and had to walk a ton of it. it is very steep and in your face climbing. most of the what i saw was pretty groomed. i kept thinking that this would be a perfect place to train. i am going to try to ride the south part of the park before i leave town. would definately reccommend for riders of all skill levels. it is groomed real well all over. my only recommend would be to make enough time to ride all day long. awesome.

Customer Service

take the route that everyone else describes.

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5
VALUE
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[Jan 11, 2000]
David

I disagree with fast eddy - I wouldn't hurt to pay to ride. Especially, since Coe is one of only a few parks that allow biking. Buy a pass, then you're set at Coe, Wilder, Nisene Marks, China Camp, etc. etc.

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From poverty flat - cruise up the road and find Jackass trail as a singletrack descent. Then get yourself to China hole for the climb back up China Hole trail - it's a much easier singletrack than the fireroad climb out.

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5
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