Top of the Ridge Tour Henry Coe State Park

Morgan Hill, California

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From the top of the ridge, it’s all about the views. On a clear day the Monument and Ponderosa Trails open on a world that extends from Monterey Bay to the Sierra Nevada. Hitch the vistas to the solitude, and you’re about as close to paradise as you’ll come on a trail. I don’t like to play favorites, but this hike rises to the top like cream, sweet on all the senses. It appeals to the mountain man (or woman), to the solitude seeker, to the armchair pioneer, to the vista lover. You’d expect to work hard for all these rewards, but that’s not the case. It’s quite simply a perfect day hike.

Top of the Ridge Tour (Henry Coe State Park) Professional Review and Guide

"From the top of the ridge, it’s all about the views. On a clear day the Monument and Ponderosa Trails open on a world that extends from Monterey Bay to the Sierra Nevada. Hitch the vistas to the solitude, and you’re about as close to paradise as you’ll come on a trail. I don’t like to play favorites, but this hike rises to the top like cream, sweet on all the senses. It appeals to the mountain man (or woman), to the solitude seeker, to the armchair pioneer, to the vista lover. You’d expect to work hard for all these rewards, but that’s not the case. It’s quite simply a perfect day hike."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Morgan Hill
Distance: 2.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Spring
Local Contacts: Henry Coe State Park
Local Maps: USGS Mount Sizer
Driving Directions: Directions to Top of the Ridge Tour (Henry Coe State Park)

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