Henry Coe State Park

Posted by wallclimber21 on 28 December 2008 in English (English)

Henry Coe, 40 miles south of San Jose, is *huge* and there's a million small and not so small trails going everywhere. I had already spent quite a bit of time adding trails the last few weeks but today, I spent my sick day tracing my whole inventory of Coe GPX files. This park used to be pretty much empty when I discovered OSM about a month ago. Now you don't know where to look first.

Unfortunately, I don't have the names of many trails. Will need to take better notes the next time...

Location: Steer Ridge Road, Santa Clara County, California, United States of America

Comment from davetoo on 28 December 2008 at 22:50

Have you been out there since the fire? How's it look?

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Comment from wallclimber21 on 29 December 2008 at 05:02

I've been there many times. The fire of last year was not a Yellowstone event: only a small part of the park was affected. The kind of vegetation in Coe is relatively benign wrt fire and recovers quickly. When you ride though the area, you encounter small stretches of burnt trees, but you're never in long stretches of devastation.

Two months ago, there was a controlled fire in the more southern parts, along Coit road. I was out there: we saw huge flames a mile or so away and rode past section where trees were still burning. I'm pretty sure that just a couple of month into the spring, you'd have a hard time knowing it was there.

Here are some pictures of our ride during the controlled burn:

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Comment from nmixter on 30 December 2008 at 08:25

looks good. you got a lot of good info going. Have you seen It is the only decent maps I could find of the park. It may help with names. The site has Topo (tpo, tpg) maps for download. I don't think anyone still maintains the site. I emailed him asking if we could use the data on OSM but haven't heard back.

I wonder if they still have the open backcountry weekend like they have in the past. That was always fun. You get to drive to where usually takes about a day to get to on foot. It would be a great opportunity for OSMers to coordinate that weekend for a mapping party.

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Comment from wallclimber21 on 30 December 2008 at 09:54

I discovered that website yesterday! Very interesting if we could use his data. I was thinking about emailing him too... Right now, I take pictures are every trail intersection to help remember those that I forgot, but the eastern part of the part have not seen a lot of exploration.

I believe there's still a backcountry weekend. I've never participated though...

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