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Henry Coe State Park
East of Morgan Hill, California

We owe this magnificent parkland to Sadah Coe Robinson, who re-purchased the 12,000 acre Pine Ridge Ranch she had grown up on, and in 1953 donated it to the state. She asked that it be made into a state park and named for her father, Henry W. Coe.

The original ranch now forms the western portion of the park, a grassy ridge studded with oaks and pines. Subsequent purchases and donations have extended the park south and east across a huge area of rugged ridges and canyons. At 78,000 acres (and still growing) it is the second-largest California state park.

Henry W. Coe State Park
Wikipedia: Henry W. Coe State Park
See also: The Pine Ridge Association at Henry W. Coe State Park

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Anderson Lake, full to overflowing in a wet spring

Anderson Lake, full to overflowing in a wet spring

Anderson Lake, full to overflowing in a wet spring

east of Morgan Hill, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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The Henry Coe State Park visitor center at Pine Ridge Ranch

The Henry Coe State Park visitor center at Pine Ridge Ranch

The Henry Coe State Park visitor center at Pine Ridge Ranch

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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View to the Santa Clara Valley from Pine Ridge Ranch

View to the Santa Clara Valley from Pine Ridge Ranch

View to the Santa Clara Valley from Pine Ridge Ranch

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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On the trail to Sadah's Pine

On the trail to Sadah's Pine

On the trail to Sadah's Pine

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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At the foot of Sadah's Pine, named for Henry Coe's daughter

At the foot of Sadah's Pine, named for Henry Coe's daughter

At the foot of Sadah's Pine, named for Henry Coe's daughter

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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A huge old oak used as an acorn granary by woodpeckers

A huge old oak used as an acorn granary by woodpeckers

A huge old oak used as an acorn granary by woodpeckers

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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A classic oak parkland at Arnold Field in Hhenry Coe State Park

A classic oak parkland at Arnold Field in Hhenry Coe State Park

A classic oak parkland at Arnold Field in Hhenry Coe State Park

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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A fallen valley oak at Arnold Field

A fallen valley oak at Arnold Field

A fallen valley oak at Arnold Field

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: May 5, 2006
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Bench with a distant view of Sada's Pine

Bench with a distant view of Sada's Pine

A level trail from the parking area and campground leads to this bench inscribed "A Park to the People / Sada Coe Robinson". The path leads onward to an extensive network of trails in this second largest California state park.

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: March 29, 2017

Sada's Pine, named for the founder of the park

Sada's Pine, named for the founder of the park

This solitary ponderosa pine is named for Sada Coe, who donated the land to create the park. She asked that it be named for her father, Henry Coe, and commemorate the legacy of California ranching. The Pine Ridge Ranch, forerunner of the park, is named for the forest along the ridgetop north of here.

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: March 29, 2017

Valley oak with acorn woodpecker holes

Valley oak with acorn woodpecker holes

Like many valley oaks, this bark of this huge old specimen is riddled with holes made by the acorn woodpecker. Each hole contains an acorn, and the birds come back later to eat the grubs that grow inside.

Henry Coe State Park, California

Date photographed: March 29, 2017

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