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Frog Lake & Middle Ridge Hike
September 20, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
This is a 6.7 mile, 1300 ft elevation gain loop, back by 3pm. There is an optional short walk which is a 1.5 mile, 250 ft elevation gain loop, back about 11am. Coe Volunteers guide both routes.
Our short and long routes both start from Coe Ranch on the Amazing First Mile of Manzanita Point Road. Check out how our tallest pine has the smallest cones. See woodpeckers making granaries in the oaks. Wonder why there is a sycamore here, a tree we normally see at the bottoms of our creeks. Note the buckeye pretending to be dead but it’s just clever. See sweeping views including a long fault, and a small fault up-close. Rub the grainy greywacke sandstone and the smooth chert and learn the totally different origin of these two sedimentary rocks. These rocks and hills create conditions for natural springs, some of which flow throughout the year.
We take a snack break together at the Grand Junction picnic table, where you can make your Grand Decision and decide whether to do the short or long option.
The short walk returns from Grand Junction to Coe Ranch via the shady Corral trail.
The longer hike turns north onto the Flat Frog Trail, to Frog Lake, then heads up to the intersection of Middle Ridge & Hobbs road for lunch. We return via Hobbs road, with a steady climb to Pine Ridge with its majestic Ponderosa Pines. Then take the Monument trail back to Coe Ranch.
What to bring: Hat, water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, snacks/lunch, hiking poles if desired.
Park Day Use Fee: $8 ($7 senior). Bring exact bills (no coins) for the Iron Ranger. State Park passes accepted: Golden Bear, Poppy Pass and Explorer.
Cautions: The MeetUp trip leaders are volunteers willing to share their experience in a social hiking environment. Hiking risks include ticks, poison oak, rattlesnakes, and uneven trail surfaces. Each participant is responsible for evaluating their own hiking skills and stamina to determine if this hike is suitable for them to participate.
Dogs: Sorry, only service dogs allowed in state parks.
Meet at the Henry W. Coe State Park Visitor Center (Coe Ranch), located at 9000 East Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill, 95037.
Directions: From Highway 101 take the East Dunne Ave. exit, and head east. Once you leave the valley, the road winds up, and up for about 13 miles, and ends at the park. Give yourself at least 30 minutes from the freeway.