Once a year, Henry Coe State Park opens up the gate to the remote and less-traveled east side of the park, including Orestimba Wilderness. This Backcountry Weekend allows people to get in to the areas that would normally be accessible only by a minimum of a (long) full day’s hike, and that doesn’t include the exploration you would want to do once you get out there.
Passes for the Backcountry Weekend are available via a lottery process that begins in February, and the weekend usually falls at the end of April, prime time for enjoying the green and the wildflowers before the park gets painfully and dangerously hot.
Tracks here (maps, gpx, stats):
- Alquist Trail to Mississippi Lake
- Bear Mountain Dayhike from Mississippi Lake
- Mississippi Lake to Orestimba Corral via Hartman Trail
More information here:
Full trip report after the jump.