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    Hiking, Henry W. Coe State Park

    by gubbi1 Written May 29, 2007

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    The huge park offers many different hiking trails for you to discover. You can just walk there for a day or hike from camp ground to camp ground.
    If you do backpacking there you will have to register at the parks headquarter. This is important as it is not just dry and hot, but the park is also home of mountain lion and rattle snake. So for your own safety you should talk to the staff at the headquarter.
    What you will experience is a great nature, where with just a little luck you will have encounters with different animals. Beside the above mentioned ones, there are two other types of snakes, turkeys, coyotes, turtels, vultures and more. Check out my traveloges where you can find pictures of some of them.
    For information on trails you can ask at the headquarter. They will give you ideas based on what you ask for.

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  • Mountain Lion in Henry W. Coe State Park

    The area is mountain lions territory. Do not hike alone and take care of kids, if you have some with you. Having seen the grass I guess it is hard to realize them in time. The park suggests not to run away nor to bend, nor to show your back. Be loud and try to appear larger as you are. Thats why it is an advantage to be more than one person. We...

  • Rattlesnakes in Henry W. Coe State Park

    There are snakes in the area, including the rattle snake, which is the only snake with poison here. So take care, as they from time to time cross the paths. We saw two snakes, but none was a rattle snake. The day we have been there, they caught one on the camp site.I took the picture from CalPhotos! Let me know if it is a problem!

  • Ticks, lots of them!

    You will encounter lots of ticks, which are nasty as they try to climb on you. My colleagues found three of them each moving on their body (I was lucky and stayed clean) and we saw many waiting on grass to be picked up. Luckily they are much bigger than in Europe and more easily recognized. Anyway, it takes days until you stop checking all the...


Morgan Hill What to Pack

  • Suncream in Henry W. Coe State Park

    You should not forget your sun cream. It is partly a wide open landscape without much shade. Hiking there unprotected is a risk for your skin!

  • Bring some water!

    It can get warm here, so bring a lot to drink and some food. If you forget it, buy some in the headquarter. They have cooled water for 0.5$ the half liter.

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    Didn't want to post it as warning as I assume you will not do it even without reading this tip:Don't feed coyotes. The day before we did our hiking there were problems with a coyote, coming to the camp ground. It expected food, cause somebody gave somthing to it. So don't do it, it does not help the animal, but causes problems!

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