Henry Coe is the second largest state park in California and is an absolute jewel. And with around 400 miles of roads and trails, it is a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, backpackers, and equestrians.
A couple of photographers have told me that just because you have taken a bunch of pictures of a scene, you are still never through with it. You need to work it and come back to it again and again at different times of the day and different times of the year. So I have decided to take their advice to heart and really work this scene of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse as I still haven't taken the picture I am looking for, one with all the color of a great sunset or with high drama of clouds in the sky. So I will keep trying and maybe one day ...
Henry Coe is the second largest state park in California and is practically right in the backyard of the San Francisco Bay Area, yet it is amazing how few locals know about it, where it is, or have even been there. It is a tough park to hike and can be brutal, rugged, and hot but it is a jewel with often surprising beauty with fields of golden grass in the summer and fall and open meadows of green and wildflowers in the spring. I have seen more wildlife in the boundaries of Henry Coe than anywhere else. If you spend much time at hiking the trails, you will come to respect Henry Coe for its ruggedness. Spend much more time there and you will come to love it. I love Henry Coe.
The first time I visited Henry Coe I went for a short hike on a warm September day. The park was hot, dry, and dusty and I wasn't sure if I liked it. But it had a lot of trails and so I went back the next week to explore. And I went back again and again and hiked its rugged hills and on more than one occasion Coe completely wore me out. And with that experience I learned to respect Henry Coe. And with that respect came love. I love Henry Coe. It is flat out my favorite park in California!