Poverty Flat Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Santa Clara County, California. It is within Henry W. Coe State Park. It is 4.1 miles long and begins at 2,338 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,853 feet. The Poverty Flat Camp and Poverty Flat Camp sites can be seen along the trail. Near the end of the trail are a tree and drinking water.
Poverty Flat Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"This trip takes you on a circle route around the western area of Henry W. Coe State Park—sampling high ridges, dense manzanita forests, oak savannas, and campsites beside two forks of Coyote Creek. You will climb two of the main ridges that run northwest-southeast, and descend to historic Native American and Spanish explorer sites. In years of plentiful rain, frocks of spring wildflowers clothe the hillsides and swimming holes tempt hot hikers. By skipping the Los Cruzeros night and the exploratory side trips, you could do this trip as an overnight."
--Author varies by trail, Backpacking California: Mountain, Foothill, Coastal, & Desert Adventures in the Golden State (Wilderness Press).
"Between the coastal range and the Central Valley lies a group of rolling mountains known as the Diablo Range. This is a beautiful area with steep-sided hills and narrow valleys. Hilltops and valley bottoms are covered with Pacific madrones, feathery foothill pines, and majestic oaks. Springtime has the added enchantment of green hillsides spotted with colorful flowers."
--Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall, 100 Hikes in California's Central Sierra & Coast Range (The Mountaineers Books).
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