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History hike to Madrone Soda Springs
February 1, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Join park volunteers for a hike to the site of historic Madrone Soda Springs. We will descend into the canyon of Soda Springs Creek to look for remains of this popular vacation destination of early 1900s.
Once at the site, learn history of the area from park volunteers. Try to visualize the resort with its dance pavillon, hotel and six cottages that could accommodate some 100 guests at its peak.
The hike to Madrone Springs is 3.5 mile one way, and includes moderate to steep section dropping 700 feet in 1 mile (respectively climbing 700 feet on the way back).
Be aware of poising oak along the trail and near the site.
A light drizzle is OK, but heavy rain cancels. Check your email the night before.
What to bring: Lunch/snacks and, water, wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers.
Park Day Use Fee: $8 ($7 senior). 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. Note there are several buildings at Coe Ranch. The Visitor Center is to the right as you drive in. Walk up the concrete sidewalk past the water fountain and flagpole. Restrooms on lower floor.
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.