China Hole Trail

Henry W. Coe State Park, California

Elevation Gain2,532ft
Trailhead Elevation1,844ft
Elevation Min/Max1170/2276ft
Elevation Start/End1844/1842ft

China Hole Trail

China Hole Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Clara County, California. It is within Henry W. Coe State Park. It is 4.3 miles long and begins at 1,844 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,532 feet. Near the end of the trail are restroom. This trail connects with the following: Manzanita Point Road, Mile Trail, Cougar Trail, Lost Spring Trail, The Narrows Trail and Mahoney Meadows Road.

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"Don’t attempt this ride unless you’re in good aerobic condition: It’s a long climb out of the canyon! I get almost spiritual pleasure riding on well-built singletracks through natural areas; I’d rather ride out and back on a singletrack than take a dirt road back—unless, of course, the singletrack is too steep to ride back. But the China Hole Trail is a delight to ride in either direction. Yes, you must take a dirt road to the beginning of China Hole; still, it traverses an open ridge with good views of the area, and its descents and ascents are relatively gentle. You then begin the singletrack by riding through a forest of ponderosa pines, California black oaks, live oaks, and manzanitas; pop out onto the side of a chaparral-covered hill with views of the canyon below; and ride back into a forest before arriving at Coyote Creek. Although some of the turns are sharp, the trail is mostly smooth and hard-packed with no surprises. You feel quite isolated at the stream. Swimming holes are available early in the summer. Highlights: A well-built, smooth, hard-packed, narrow singletrack that’s enjoyable to ride both downhill and up; the feeling of seclusion at Coyote Creek; abundant wildlife including feral pigs, deer, and quail; wildflowers; views of the stream and canyon below. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the singletrack."

"It would be mighty hard to get bored on this hike. Constantly changing views, fascinating wildlife, and a progression of habitats provide continual visual and mental stimulation as you hike to a narrow gorge on the East Fork Coyote Creek. The destination is an idyllic swimming hole with deep pools and clear, refreshing water. Hikers who have the time to linger for a night or two will find comfortable campsites in the grassy meadows near the creek. Because of the excellence of this hike, backpackers often outnumber the single available campsite at China Hole. However, the nearby campsites up The Narrows, at Los Cruzeros Camp, or at Poverty Flat Camp, on the Creekside Trail are also pleasant."

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Henry W. Coe State Park
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Oct 2018