Hike Report: Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
by Daniel Sanchez, Park Guide
Recently opened to the public the Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve provides people with great opportunity to hike, bike or ride horseback on a well developed trail with extensive views of one the Santa Clara Valley’s lesser developed areas. Park amenities include a new restrooms, parking, equestrian staging area, picnic areas and a great 4 mile trail loop with scenic overlooks. The trail is well shaded and there is about a 450 foot elevation gain over the course of about 2 miles.
On November 14, 2015, a group of eager hikers and history enthusiast along with Santa Clara Open Space Authority (O.S.A.). Docents and I had a chance to hike the park's newly developed trails.
Open Space Authority Docent Les Kramer led us along the trail while I shared the story of the Anza Expedition at stops along the Trail. It had just rained earlier that week, and that did wonders for the dust along the trail. Specks of green were everywhere as nature took advantage of the first rains of the season.
We stopped at the first scenic overlook on the trail and I pointing out the route that the Anza Expedition took. During the discussion we were graced by a Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). The eagle flew directly in front of us over the Coyote Valley and to our delight it seemed to put on a show for us. The eagle followed us as we proceeded along the second leg of the Arrowhead trail.
We encountered a few equestrians trotting along and yielded to them as they passed us up on the trial. Along the second leg of the trail you will be greeted by the smell of California Bay Laurel trees (Umbellularia californica).
On our final leg of the trail we encountered a friendly pair of hard working Open Space Authority Technicians leveling out parts of the trail and doing safety patrols. We thanked them for their hard work and promised to sing them praises.
So if you are in the Santa Clara Valley near the town of Coyote just about 20 minutes south of Downtown San Jose please take advantage of this incredible open space.