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Coyote Creek Loop at Henry Coe State Park

See the Bay Area bloom in a hidden corner of Henry Coe State Park. Strenuous 9-mile hike.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 8.8 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview:  Henry Coe State Park south of San Jose is one of the best places see the Bay Area's spring wildflowers bloom. The park is all rugged... more »

Tips:  Parking is limited at the Coyote Creek trailhead; it's best to carpool.

The park is too hot for hiking in late summer. Stick to... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Coit Road>Anza Trail>Jackson Trail

From the Coyote Creek trailhead, stay on the wide Coit Road for just under a mile. You'll see a sign board describing the De Anza explorations of the Bay Area. Turn right there, and head up the Anza Trail -- which snakes up a hillside for just under a mile.

When you get to the junction with the Jackson Trail, turn right and keep heading uphill.... More

2. Elderberry Spring Trail>Wasno Road

When you're ready to hit the trail again, take the Elderberry Spring Trail for just over a half-mile (this stretch is one of the best in the park, for my money) till you hit an old Jeep road. Turn right and go a short distance till the Elderberry Spring trail continues on the left side of the road.

Turn left and go another half-mile to Jackson ... More

3. Dexter Trail/Grizzly Gulch/Coit Road

From here it's a very steep descent back to the trailhead. Take your time and watch your step.

Dexter Trail goes .4 mile to Grizzly Gulch Trail. Turn right there and follow it for 2.2 miles back to Coit Road. From there, turn left on Coit and head back to the trailhead.