Monday, April 28, 2014

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Thirty-five
Henry W. Coe State Park
Mariposa lily, one of the beautiful wildflowers blooming now at Henry W. Coe

What it's like:
This 4.7 mile loop just scratches the surface of this massive state park east of Morgan Hill. But it's an itch that must be scratched!

Why now:
This is the goldilocks window for Coe -- not too hot, not too muddy, but simply perfect, with wildflowers everywhere.

If you can't make it this week:
I experienced an incredibly gorgeous Coe hike once in mid-June, when the flowers were still blooming and the morning was shrouded in fog. Other seasons are wonderful if you don't mind heat or mud.

Insider tip:
Hikers sometimes get overwhelmed with Coe's elevation changes -- this is a park with steep hills! The hike described here is moderate and totally achievable for beginners, but be sure to bring lots of water or electrolyte-replacing beverages.

Henry Coe is hike number 42 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition)Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Chimney Rock, at the southern tip of Point Reyes, is bursting with color this week. Goldenfields, poppies, iris, and many more flowers spanning the colors of the rainbow bloom across the top of a dramatic oceanside bluff. The hike is an easy-going 2 miles, but it takes a good long time to drive to this trailhead and there's not a lot of parking, so head out early and take your time.

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