Apr 22, 2013 at 11:13 am #1302050
A lovely trip a co-worker and I took over a long holiday. Henry Coe isn't all hills and desert conditions, there is beauty to be found there, you just have to hike to see it. Thanks for checking it out. Feel free to post any comments or questions.Apr 24, 2013 at 11:09 am #1980088
@jacobdLocale: North Bay
James, your videos are always mellow and easy to watch. I enjoyed this one too. It must have been at least a month ago judging from the trees and amount of water?
– Jacob.Apr 24, 2013 at 11:47 am #1980098
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I had no idea there were waterfalls at Henry Coe. I need to check them out sometime.Apr 24, 2013 at 12:13 pm #1980109
Jacob, thanks for the kind words. It's a lot of fun to record the trips and then to vicariously relive them through these videos. We went mid February. The days were the best for hiking; sunny with a slight breeze. The night wasn't as cold as I had anticipated, which was a welcome surprise. It will be fun to visit this again in the summer and see if its still flowing and possibly swim.
Justin, there are at least two water falls and Henry Coe. Pacheco Falls, which this video highlights and Grizzly Gulch Falls.
This video shows what those falls can look like after a fair amount of rain. Grizzly Gulch Falls are still on my list of sites to visit at Henry Coe.
JamesApr 24, 2013 at 12:55 pm #1980126
@rglessLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Looks like a great trip and beautiful country.
Not to be a wet blanket, but I didn't think ground fires were allowed in the Coe Backcountry.Apr 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm #1980165
Good to know and will keep that in mind for future trips. Thanks.Apr 24, 2013 at 8:27 pm #1980275
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
I talked to a backpacker on April 14 who had spent the day at Pacheco Falls. No falls, just trickles between pools of water. The creek at Pacheco Camp where we met was about the same.
— RexApr 25, 2013 at 8:38 am #1980389
Thats a bummer but I guess I won't waste my time traveling back that direction till after a good rain then. Thanks for the report! Any comment on the water levels at the rest of the park?
-JamesApr 25, 2013 at 9:27 am #1980401
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Mississippi and Coit lake are full of water plus Coyote creek has some good flow.
Coyote Creek in March
MarchApr 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm #1980555
Last shot looks a bit like The Narrows. Is it?
Heading to Coe this Saturday for another Backcountry Weekend (day hike only, this year). Still haven't decided where I want to go yet… Since Pacheco Falls is drying up, maybe I'll just chill at Mississippi again or hit up one of the smaller ponds.Apr 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm #1980637
@rexLocale: Central California Coast
Just finished transcribing pocket recorder notes from my trip. All flows are eyeball estimates.
Middle Fork Coyote Creek at Poverty Flat Road: plenty of water flowing.
East Fork Coyote Creek at Los Cruzeros: flowing, about 10 LPM.
Kelly Lake: trickle going over spillway, creek just below lake trickle, stagnant pools.
Kelly Cabin Creek at Coit Road: about 0.5-1 LPM.
Coit Camp horse trough: seeping slowly, less than 0.5 LPM.
Jackson Canyon Creek at Coit Road: 1-2 LPM.
Grizzly Gulch below falls: Pools of water, some trickling.
Upper Grizzly Gulch: pools of standing water, no flow.
Tule Pond: plenty of water.
Rodeo Pond: plenty of murky water.
Camp Wilson spigot: water flowing freely, tastes great!
Dowdy Ranch: one bathroom open, water running.
North Fork Pacheco Creek at Pacheco Ridge Road (near Brem Horse Camp): trickle of water and some pools.
North Fork Pacheco Creek at Pacheco Camp: pools, no flowing water.
Pacheco Camp spigot: water flowing freely, tastes great!
Pacheco Falls: Other hiker says pools, no flowing water.
Lost Spring: tank full, water trickling in.
Kelly Cabin Creek at Los Cruzeros: flowing, clear and warm.
See also Water Resources in Coe Park.
Hope this helps.
[Edited to correct some North/Middle Fork confusion]Apr 25, 2013 at 10:17 pm #1980639
Excellent info, thanks for that!
I check the Water Resources page, but some of the notes for the sources are not quite up to date. Always nice to have really recent stuff like this.Apr 26, 2013 at 7:38 pm #1980927
Great video, James :)Apr 27, 2013 at 8:21 am #1981016
@tomclarkLocale: East Coast
Nice video. Thanks for the education…I had no idea Henry Coe looked like that.
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