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Henry Coe March Trip
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cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
Henry Coe March Trip on 03/29/2009 21:24:59 MDT Print View

Approx. 9.5 miles each way. Weather was beautiful - warm and breezy.

Saw a kitty:
Bobcat

and lots of flowers:
flowersmoreflowers

Coit Lake & Kelly Lake:Coitkelly

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: Henry Coe March Trip on 03/29/2009 22:01:20 MDT Print View

Cary is right -- it was a great trip.

Great weather, too. It's nice to have such a large wild are so close by our urban area -- once you get much into it you can stand on a ridge an see no sign of man. One thing that trip established -- even though Coe has a fearsome reputation for steep up-and-down travel, you can make a much more moderate trip if you string together staying as much on the ridges as you can. I'd even recommend filling your water containers late afternoon and then dry-camping up on a ridge -- Nate and I did so Friday night; and night up there was just spectacular. Full hemispherical sky dome overhead.

If you recall from the start of this thread, one of the goals was to time the trip to catch good Spring wildflowers. I would say we did that -- there was quite a bit of variety, and good quantity. One small white wildflower was so abundant that some hillsides looked as if they were covered with a heavy frost. One bush with white flowers was so fragrant that you could not help noticing the fragrance even tens of feet away (if you were downwind) -- not to mention hiking the trail when that bush lined both sides of the trail. Vivid orange California poppy were mixed in with other flowers, making a striking, and very nice, contrast. Also some very large areas of pretty solid poppies -- wow!

On the way out today, a deer stopped about 20 feet away from me, and looked me over very thoroughly -- long enough that I was beginning to get a bit nervous wondering whether there was something wrong with the deer -- before it bounded away. I have never has such a close-up view of a wild deer.

And Cary has the sharpest eyes for seeing the fauna -- including snakes, lizards, turtles and other things that the rest of us missed. Among other things, he's the one that spotted the bobcat.

Cary, thanks for your earlier compliment. Glad the route worked out well.

--MV

Edited by blean on 03/29/2009 22:02:50 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Re: Henry Coe March Trip on 03/30/2009 19:21:29 MDT Print View

Glad you guys had a good time. Sorry I was unable to make it. Most of the time work does not coincide with my free time. Oh well. Would love to see more pics guys!!!


Next Rancheria?????

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Re: Re: Henry Coe March Trip on 03/30/2009 19:31:51 MDT Print View

Did any of you fish at Coit lake or notice if any one else was having any fishing success?

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: Re: Re: Re: Henry Coe March Trip on 03/30/2009 19:37:40 MDT Print View

I caught a few bass at coit a month ago. I've had good luck fishing at every lake I've been to inside Henry Coe: Coit, Kelly, Mississippi and a few others whose names I forget at the moment.

cary bertoncini
(cbert) - F

Locale: N. California
Re: Re: Re: Re: Henry Coe March Trip - fish on 03/30/2009 22:42:28 MDT Print View

the crappie were very active & i saw some bass, too

hardest part would be access - probably best to fish from a float tube or some such, as there are a lot of cattails & assorted other foliage around the lake

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Henry Coe Pics on 03/30/2009 23:32:46 MDT Print View

Here are some photos of the Coe trip....

Friday Night ridge-top campsite had a pretty amazing view...not a cloud in the sky:
ridgetop

Turkey

Hare

Fence

camp wilson

view

Bob and Cary along Lyman Ridge Trail:
Bob and Cary

Coe Wildflowers

Cary harassing a snake:
snake

COE Wildflowers

Coe Wildflowers

And the highlight...the bobcat:

Bobcat

Bobcat

Edited by Rezniem on 03/30/2009 23:37:03 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
More Henry Coe Pictures on 04/06/2009 15:49:03 MDT Print View

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Hunting Hollow Trailhead

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Henry Coe Trip on 04/06/2009 15:55:17 MDT Print View

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Hunting Hollow Trailhead

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Oaks

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Ridge Trail



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I had excellent time-it was nice to meet Nathan, Bob and cary!!!!!

Tony Wong
(Valshar) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Henry Coe Trip on 04/15/2009 11:16:37 MDT Print View

I really need to get myself out there.

Thanks for posting up all the photos.

What were the conditions like at night?

How cold?

Rain/moisture issues to deal with?

Love this time of the year when the hills are so green.

Would be hell to do Henry Coe in the summer time when it is all hot, dry and brown.

-Tony

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Coe on 04/15/2009 13:12:27 MDT Print View

It was warm at 7:30 a.m.....very little condensation/moisture issues, and it never really got cold. On the hike back, it was very hot, and the breeze was a relief. I'm sure there's a good month left before it gets miserable.....let me know if you want to hit up Rooster's comb as I've been thinking about getting out there before June.

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: Coe on 04/15/2009 20:47:34 MDT Print View

Lets talk about that at Rancheria this weekend.

I'd really like to figure out how to have a nice bi-level Northern Coe trip after the Rancheria trip, but have not so much as looked into it on a map yet.

-- Bob

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Henry Coe Trip on 04/18/2009 21:07:19 MDT Print View

Tony,

I just got home after spending five days backpacking/packrafting Henry Coe 4/14 - 4/18. Tuesday night (4/14) at 2,400' we had a snow storm with 45 mph winds hit at about 8 PM and below freezing temps that night. By contrast on Saturday in was in the 80s.

The pack rafts allowed us to ignore the tulle weeds and other brush that prevents fishing access most spots in the backcountry reservoirs and ponds. The fishing was excellent for bass and black crappie. We had all you can eat fish dinners each night.

They have trapped allot of the wild pigs out of the park but the rest of wildlife is plentiful and easy to spot.

Next weekend is the backcountry weekend and they allow 300 cars / 1,000 people to drive in via the Bell Station entrance. This is not a good time to find tranquility. The weekend after that is your best bet before the weather turns uncomfortably warm.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Henry Coe Park on 04/18/2009 21:34:48 MDT Print View

What lake did you fish at Richard? Whats your 007 Secret? I have fished twice over the years and did not even get nibble or snag!

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Henry Coe Park on 04/19/2009 12:06:55 MDT Print View

Jay,

We focused on fishing Coit Lake. The 007 secret is taking in a packraft to achieve full access to the lake perimeter. Most of the lake’s edges are covered with tulles and they prevent shore access.

We averaged a large mouth bass for every two casts. They were so plentiful they were stunted in growth. The average size was only about 8". They were hitting colored spinners cast into the edge of the tulles.

The black crappies averaged 14" in length and were hitting mooched jigs. The crappies were at the edge of deep water drop offs when the sun was shining on the lake surface and then would move into the shallow parts of the lake in the early morning and late afternoon.

Nia Schmald
(nschmald) - MLife
Re: Henry Coe Park on 04/19/2009 12:26:37 MDT Print View

Richard's dead on about shore access, but it's not so bad without a boat. Generally each lake has a couple of spots that are accessible from shore. I've fished coit, kelly, mississippi, paradise, and some little pond a couple of miles from HQ. I use mepps spinners, raypalas and power bait. I typically get a fish about 1 in every 5-10 casts. My trick is to fish early mornings and evenings. Midday I can hardly catch a thing even when the fish are staring at me.

Edited by nschmald on 04/19/2009 12:28:48 MDT.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Henry Coe St. Park -- Fishing on 04/19/2009 12:37:17 MDT Print View

Thanks Richard and Nia for the great fishing information--I will be better prepared next outing!!!

-Jay