Kelly Lake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Clara County, California. It is within Henry W. Coe State Park. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 2,357 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,577 feet.
Kelly Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Kelly Lake is the small and shallow one. It has three arms, which extend up narrow valleys. The lake is surrounded by reeds and scum, making it a good location for fishing and bird watching—but not so inviting for swimmers. If water play is your goal, head to the larger Coit Lake, which has better water access as well as two hikers’ camp areas and a horse campground. Spring is the best time to visit, when the hillsides are colored with mats of yellow gold fields, brilliant clusters of California poppies, and deep blue lupines, to name a very few. This is also an area with seemingly endless possibilities for creating loops and devising hikes to suit your mood and wanderlust. Go with a plan. If you head out without a specific destination, you might be tempted to keep wandering on and on through this exceptionally hikable area."
--Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall, 100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books).
"This isn’t just a ride—it’s an adventure! Be sure that you’re prepared: Go with someone else or let someone know exactly where you’ll be riding. Take extra water and food and something warm to wear in case you become injured and are forced to spend the night on the trail. Don’t attempt this ride unless you’re in excellent condition. Don’t attempt this ride on a hot day. Highlights: A long singletrack adventure through a secluded part of the park. Bike beside and through a creek in spring. Visit a lovely lake. Enjoy distant views from the top of Jackson Peak and a long downhill with two dozen switchbacks. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails."
--Roger McGehee, Mountain Biking Northern California (Falcon Guides).
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