Just returned from a 1-night, solo trip in Henry Coe. It was my first time at the park, and first solo trip. Although it was a bit wet today, it was a great trip.
Thanks to all for the advice.
Details of the trip:
I started at Hunter Hollow at about 1:00pm, headed north on Middle Steer Ridge Trail, continuing to Kelly Lake. On Saturday, the skies were fairly clear so I had great views from Wilson Peak to the rolling, grassy hills. I had no idea such a pleasant and expansive park was so close to me!
I continued to Coit Lake and climbed the western slope and pitched my simple homemade tarp for the first time (correctly) using my BPL Stix.
I hiked out today, which turned out to be quite wet. I saw only a trio of mountain bikers (including Specialized Founder) and a pair of trail volunteers. My new PreCip pants were very waterproof, but I only used them infrequently beacause I would get too hot underneath those pants. My 10 year old patagonia raincoat more or less soaked through - despite having recently given it a new application of NikWax. (Can I send this in to get a DWR coating?).
All in all a great trip, and probably my lightest yet (~14lbs base weight).
Thanks again for the great advice.