Poverty Flat and Los Cruzeros Loop Backpacking

Morgan Hill , California

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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.

Poverty Flat and Los Cruzeros Loop (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Morgan Hill
Distance: 13.9
Elevation Gain: 2,160 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 days
Season: Spring and fall (depending on water)
Local Contacts: Henry W. Coe State Park
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-min. Mt. Sizer and Mississippi Creek; Pine Ridge Association’s Henry W. Coe State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Poverty Flat and Los Cruzeros Loop (Backpacking)

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May 2018