Redfern Pond Loop Backpacking

Gilroy, California

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In the more recently opened, southwestern corner of Henry W. Coe State Park, this trip takes the backpacker up high, steep-sided ridges above tree-shaded canyons, and through remote grasslands dotted with oaks and punctuated by rocky outcrops. This area is heavily used by equestrians, as it has easy access for horse trailers, but its beauty deserves much wider acquaintance. Numerous small ponds are remnants of the cattle-grazing era, and this trip’s overnight destination to Redfern Pond is one of the park’s most attractive.

Redfern Pond Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"In the more recently opened, southwestern corner of Henry W. Coe State Park, this trip takes the backpacker up high, steep-sided ridges above tree-shaded canyons, and through remote grasslands dotted with oaks and punctuated by rocky outcrops. This area is heavily used by equestrians, as it has easy access for horse trailers, but its beauty deserves much wider acquaintance. Numerous small ponds are remnants of the cattle-grazing era, and this trip’s overnight destination to Redfern Pond is one of the park’s most attractive."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Gilroy
Distance: 11
Elevation Gain: 1,352 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Spring and fall
Local Contacts: Henry W. Coe State Park
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Gilroy Hot Springs; Pine Ridge Association’s Henry W. Coe State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Redfern Pond Loop (Backpacking)

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May 2018