Henry Coe Photo Gallery
Below is a listing of images
and standard GIF images of the Henry Coe State Park near San Jose, CA.
By clicking on them you will bring up a larger JPEG view of them. Some may take
time to load and look slightly pixilated if you have only 256 colors (8 bit)
versus thousands or millions of colors. Be sure to visit the Henry
Coe write-up as well
Hills - perched on the crest of the Diablo Range south of San Jose, much
of Henry Coe State Park is rugged country carpeted by grassy hillsides and
oak savannah. Ponderosa pines cap the highest peaks (3600 feet) while black
oaks, madrone, laurels and chaparral cover the valleys.
Iris - Henry Coe State Park is famous for it flowering hillsides that
bloom in the spring (around April). Green hillsides give way to golden brown
fields in the summer as temperatures can reach in the 100's and water dries
Headquarters - at the headquarters one can get a glimpse of California
ranch life. The Coe Ranch operated here up until the 1930's with cattle brandings
and annual gatherings. In 1953 this land, some 12,500 acres, was given to
the people. The park today is over 100 square miles including the Orestimba
Wilderness nestled within.
Tree - this valley oak graces the trail like so many oak trees silhouetted
by the skyline. If you don't make it for the colorful wildflowers in the spring,
at least come to see these wonderful oak woodlands any time of the year.
- This bobcat was actually spotted on the drive up to Henry Coe headquarters
early in the morning. It is an indication of the wildlife in this area including
wild pigs, turkeys, coyotes, foxes, raccoons, skunks and mule deer. There
are other criters too like snakes, lizards, red-tailed hawks, vultures, falcons
and even golden eagles.
Wagon - at the headquarters you can browse through the barns to see ranch
relics like this old wagon, probably used to procure supplies from the Santa
Clara Valley below. The visitor center also has a ranch exhibit and wildlife
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