Henry W. Coe Park is a large park with relatively few people. It's great if you want to feel like you're in an isolated wilderness. The ride starts with a slight uphill fire road, then takes off on fairly steep singletrack switchbacks to end with a rigorous climb.
The top showcases more fire roads leading to singletrack, and you'll ride more of the same doubletrack/singletrack combinations as you drop down and ride back to your car.
Parking is at the Hunting Hollow Parking lot. There is a $6 parking fee. They do check it regularly. However, I saw some people park up the road closer to the trailhead who were not ticketed. I'm not familiar with the policy, so beware.
Start at the Hunting Hollow Parking lot and ride up the paved road for about 2 miles. The gate to the park entrance will be on your right. After crossing the entrance, stay on the Coit Road
to the left for about 1 more mile. Watch for a trail on your right. It is not marked immediately by the road but after about 20 yards on the trail, there is a trail marker for the Anza Trail
Continue going up the switchbacks for about 0.7 mi. There is a trail marker pointing to the Cullen Trail
on the right. Do not take this trail but stay to the left on the Anza Trail
After about .3 miles the trail splits. Go to the right on the Jackson Trail
and continue up hill on more switchbacks. You'll be climbing through switchbacks and steep spots for about another 1.5 miles before you come to an opening with a clearing and a great view all around. Here You can get on the fire road, which is Jackson Road
, or you can take the Elderberry Spring Trail
to the left, which is a fun singletrack segment. It joins Jackson Road
Continue on the fire road for about 1.5 miles and it comes to a junction with another fire road. Turn right onto Washno Road and continue on the fire road along the summit for about 0.6 miles until the Dexter Trail
takes off on the right. You're in the right place when you see a sign that says it goes to the Coyote Creek Entrance.
The Dexter Trail
goes up for just a short ways and then the fun downhill begins. Take the trail down for 0.7 miles until you see a junction in the trail and go to the right on Grizzly Gluch Trail towards the Coyote Creek Entrance.
The next section is some of the best singletrack on the ride, mostly downhill. After crossing the creek bed there is a little climb, but soon you are back at the park entrance.