February 25, 2013

Trail/Park Description:
Coe Park located east of Morgan Hill is the second largest state park in California, with over 89,000 acres of wild open space. It started out as a smaller ranch in the early 1900's and was donated to Santa Clara in 1953 by Sada Coe. The original Pine Ranch is now the park headquarters. It still contains several of it's buildings one of which houses a small visitors center as well as a 20 unit campground for tents and RV's under 24'. The park is predominately Oak Woodlands and Chaparral over a series of valley and peaks. While close to the San Francisco Bay Area, it receives only about 40,000 visitors a year, which many might find appealing. I must admit that we had long dismissed this park as being too dry and boring. To our surprise, the major trails out of Pine Ranch were some of the nicest Oak Woodland hikes we have ever taken. The headquarters aren't polished, so if you can ignore it's poorly hidden maintenance area, you'll be transported back to the rural ambiance of an old cattle ranch of the last century. 

Park Location: here
Trail Map: here
Park link: here

Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Arctostaphylos manzanita (Common Manzanita)
Baccharis pilularis (Coyote Bush)
Cardamine californica (Milk Maids)
Cardamine oligosperma (Bitter Cress)
Calandrinia ciliata (Red Maids)
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís Lettuce)
Dodecatheon hendersonii (Hendersonís Shooting Star)
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Erodium cicutarium (Red Stemmed Filaree)NN
Erodium moschatum (White Stemmed Filaree)NN
Lepidium nitidum (Peppergrass)
Narcissus sp. (Narcissus)NN
Plagiobothrys nothofulvus (Popcorn Flower)
Pseudognaphalium californicum (California Cudweed)
Sanicula crassicaulis (Snakeroot)
Senecio vulgaris (Common Groundsel)NN
Stellaria media (Common Chickweed)NN
Trifolium willdenovii (Tom Cat Clover)
Umbellularia californica (California Bay)
Viola pedunculata (Johnny Jump Ups)
Vinca Major (Vinca)NN

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Adiantum jordanii (Maidenhair Fern)
Pellaea andromedifolia (Coffee Fern)
Pellaea mucronata car. mucronata (Birdís Foot Ten)
Pentagramma triangularis sp. triangularis (Gold Back Fern)
Polypodium californicum (Calif. Polypody Fern)