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Flat Frog to Middle Ridge (Henry W. Coe State Park)

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 3.6 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Scenic singletrack, steep and exposed at times.


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10.4

Miles

16.7

KM

65%

Singletrack

2,853' 870 m

High

1,236' 377 m

Low

2,226' 679 m

Up

2,226' 679 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

105%

Max Grade (46°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Allowed

Features -none-

No dogs, parking $8.

Overview

Very scenic and steep hillsides abound. Take a quick fire road to the Flat Frog singletrack, which has a nice flow and will warm you up for the fun to come. The Middle Ridge Trail is about 4 miles of fantastic singletrack through woods and fields with one short stiff climb. Some sections have cliffside exposure that will get your heart going.

The ride back up gains a couple thousand feet in short order on a fire road back to the car, but it's worth it.

A few spots may be dry and eroded, but not much to matter. The mosquitos are brutal, so keep moving.

Description

Start at the Coe Ranch Headquarters parking lot at the end of Dunne Avenue. The drive up is windy and narrow, with some great scenery.

Take the road to Manzanita Point, which is on your left as you enter the Ranch, across from the first parking area. The road quickly hits a gate, turning to dirt on the other side.

In about a mile, pass the intersection with Hobbs Road, staying right. In another .2 miles you'll reach the intersection with Flat Frog (well marked) on the left. Flat Frog is a pleasant, moderate singletrack, which serves as a good warm up for Middle Ridge. The marked "obstacles" are minor and a sandbag, given the unmarked, far more severe terrain to come.

After about 2.5 miles, Flat Frog dumps you near the top of Hobbs Road. Head right, across a small stream, then climb Hobbs for about 2 miles to pick up Middle Ridge.

Middle Ridge will be on your right. It is nearly 4 miles of rolling, smooth, exposed, and at times steep singletrack. There are few obstacles, some erosion, and wonderful scenery. The steep sections descend a multitude of switchbacks, cliff sides, and dry trail, making some sections walk-a-bike for less experienced riders. It is still doable and can be pleasant, but use good judgment.

Middle Ridge crosses the Coyote Creek just before joining Poverty Flat Road. Turn right, and this fire road is an imposing grade for about 2 miles of the 3.3 mile return to the parking lot. It is a fitness test and grueling at that. Poverty will take you back to Manzanita Road, past the Flat Frog junction, past the Hobbs Road junction, and back to the parking lot.

As an alternative, you can reduce the grade and add some mileage by heading left on Poverty for a short ways to Cougar Trail. Take this to the right, then hang right when it meets China Hole. China Hole lets out at the bottom of Manzanita Road. Take Manzanita to the right and it will return you to the parking lot. This adds about 2 miles and requires more daylight as it is singletrack in the woods - the trail thins out and may require some walking/bushwalking for a section.

Bring your deet, the mosquitoes are vicious.

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Josh Dulberger

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  3.6 from 9 votes

#2575

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Henry Coe State Park - Middle Ridge Trail
Feb 19, 2018 near Morgan…, CA
This will be one of the first forks you reach, and it is a bit confusing, I went up towards middle ridge, and you should go right towards frog trail.
Nov 24, 2017 near Morgan…, CA
Winding through the Flat Frog woods
Apr 22, 2013 near Morgan…, CA
Creek crossing at Henry W. Coe State Park
Apr 15, 2013 near Morgan…, CA
Tall grass and manzanita trees abound.
Apr 22, 2013 near Morgan…, CA
A lookout point with a nice picnic bench.
Nov 24, 2017 near Morgan…, CA

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Nov 9, 2018
Terence Cruz
Aug 27, 2018
Julio Naranjo
10.4mi
Nov 24, 2017
Kyle R
Trails were in good condition Make sure to read the trails instructions. In my opinion this area is a bit better suited for hiking or bikepacking. 15mi
May 21, 2017
kurt schmidt
May 14, 2017
Jiacheng Yang
Mar 11, 2017
G Vindro
Feb 5, 2017
Anna Ohmes
Great descents and flow but very difficult last climb. 10.4mi
Sep 1, 2016
G Vindro