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    Henry W Coe Tour de Swim Holes Sat. July 16 - 9am Hunting Hollow

    It is time for Henry W Coe's Tour de Swim Holes!

    July 17, not the 16th, ooops.


    Hurricane Pond

    Tour de Swim Holes. Like bedouin amphibians we cycle across the desert wastes of Henry W Coe in search of places to swim and cool off. Temperature is expected to soar to 100 degrees F.

    Meet at Hunting Hollow at 9am. Route:

    Hunting Hollow > Lyman-Willson > Bowl Rd > Steer Ridge Rd > (swim - Willson Peak Pond) > Willson Peak Trail > Grizzly Gulch > Wagon Rd > Live Oak Spring Trail > Pacheco Falls Trail (swim - Wood Duck Pond) > Live Oak Trail > Coit Rd > Rattle Snake Trail > Coit Ridge Trail > Coit Dam Trail (swim - Coit Lake) > Coit Dam Rd > Willow Ridge Rd > Coit Road > (swim - Kelly Lake) > Coit Rd > Grapevine Trail > Coit Rd > (swim - Coyote Creek) > Gilroy Hot Springs Rd > Hunting Hollow.

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    That was awesome! I got 30 miles, 5600' and (I think) 8 swims. My camera is on its last legs but some photos/vids to come...

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    The 2010 Tour de Swim Ride

    So, we carried on with our swimming of swim holes in Henry Coe State Park. Paul Nam organizes it once a year on a hot July day. It was glorious and grueling. Predicted temperatures were up in the upper 90's. There were certainly areas that were like a kiln (oven-like device used for hardening clay and reaching temperatures in the thousands). In other words: the Coe Summer is not disappointing.

    On the ride down there to Hunting Hollow parking lot the weather was cooler. I have had my top down for several days so I wore a jacket. Not too cool even for a thin dood like me. I had set my alarm for 7:15 AM but forgot to turn it on. What a dutz. So I was a bit hurried starting the trip down there at 8:07 AM.

    I arrived a little after 9:00 AM. A pretty good sized group of friends were getting ready to ride. I'm glad I wasn't late.

    We headed up Lyman Willson Ridge Trail in the scorching heat. My arms were slick with sweat as we climbed and cleaned the wall. Bowl Trail to Willson Camp for a rest. We checked out the curious cement doodles as we rested in the shade:


    After the rest we headed up Wagon Road and up Steer Ridge Road. We spotted a stock pond looking down and decided it worthy of a swim. Here, Tom and Paul get in to a surprisingly unscummy small pond. The scum level varied from swim hole to swim hole:


    Here I am diving in to this same pond:


    Onward to the next pond. We tooled up to Willson Peak and down to Willson Peak Pond.



    Here, Paul swims through the scum to arrive at the "pristine water". Moderately scummy.


    We rode back up to the fun but slippery Willson Peak Trail and down to Grizzly Gulch Trail then past Rodeo Pond (we had swam that last year and it was a truly scummy experience).

    Up Wagon Road to Wasno Road. And...down to Wasno Pond which was surprisingly un-scummy. The best scumwim yet! Note the cool looking scum moat surrounding the "pristine water".


    From there it would be quite a while before we were in the water again. First, we had to get water. We decided to get that from Live Oak Spring. Funny how it is o.k. to swim in scum but out of the question to filter and actually drink it.

    As we got to Live Oak Spring our hearts collectively sunk. It looked like a horse trough filled with scum, horse saliva and lots of dead things. As we stared we made necessary concessions and started coming round to actually filtering this "water". And, really, it wasn't that bad. I had a horrible situation though. As I tried to hook up my camel back tube to the water filter, the inner tube collapsed. Fortunately Tom had a knife and I cut off a small section. Unfortunately, it was still collapsing. I managed to get a good amount of water in the camel back but as I put on the nipple the damn inner tube kept collapsing even though I had cut the tube several times. I spent the rest of the day with a clogged tube that barely let water through. Probably affected my performance since I couldn't get enough water when I wanted. Still...

    We carried on down Live Oak Spring Trail then to Pacheco Falls Trail. A fun ride downhill (knowing we would have fun climbing it on the way back) all the way to Wood Duck Pond.


    We undressed to our swim wear and dove in. The water was the best yet! We paddle around a while when Brian had us all, while swimming feel our skin. It was ominously slippery. It seemed so clear and unscummy!?! What happened. As we came out (after quite a glorious swim) we looked at our chests and bellies. Sure enough, a think layer of scum coated them and very hard to wash off. It clung like the dickens!!! I didn't bother. I did note this fellow on my hand though:


    As I pulled what looked like a worm off of my had it seemed to stick on one side. Holy Leach!! A bonified leach!!!! And that is yet another enticement to swim the smaller ponds of Henry Coe Park. Leaches! Not everyday you are sucked on by a leach.

    And we rode down to the bottom. The group split at this point. Paul, Patrick, Tom and I rode to the bottom pool of Pacheco Falls and the rest of the group headed back up to Coit Lake. Coit Lake is perfect for swimming and lounging around on a hot day. Lots of shade and the water is the best in the park.

    Down, down, down to the very bottom of Pacheco Falls Trail. Here we see the pond at the bottom, not that scummy and with lot of small fish:


    Kind of reminds me of the "old swimming hole" from those movies. It was a good swim. Paul and I wanted more knowing of the swimming holes you see when you gander across Pacheco Falls in full force after a rain. We hiked up the right side through very dry brush and lots of stickers. We got up to a section where we could hike down to a wonder falls pond. Deep too! Paul got the the edge and did a "cannon ball". After he cleared away I did the same. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera. Very beautiful and no scum. Very refreshing. We had to free climb back up to the upper level to hike back out. Scary but well done by both. Back down to the bottom, slipper and steep hill and the tortuous ride back up where we saw Patrick and Tom (Patrick may have a shot of me and Paul in one of the falls swim holes).



    Both Paul and I cleaned the Pacheco Falls Trail from the very bottom and Patrick and Tom did from the trail for the falls overlook.

    Onward to Coit Lake. But first we swam in the pond near the Rattlesnake Trail. This pond was pretty good also. Of course we knew Coit Lake was the place to completely wash off. Rattlesnake Pond:


    The water looked a bit like tea. Scum tea. I made note while we were swimming that it had the temperature of warm bile. Others scoffed but slowly realized that that must be the case. This was the same pond that another group I was riding with noted a thick coat of ice and trapped newts underneath. Maybe it should be called "Trapped Newt Pond". Perhaps. Either that our Bile Pond.

    We grunted up Rattlesnake Trail to Coit Dam Trail and down to Coit Lake. Everyone was there and we enjoyed the best swim of the day. Brian and I swam all the way across while the others dove in to simply enjoy the awesome temperatured lake waters. It only brought to mind a blissful state. If you haven't swam in Coit Lake you must do it sometime. Take it easy on the ride up there on a hot day and enjoy the best swim ever.


    Afterwards, Tom, Patrick, Jim and I headed down Willow Ridge Road and down George Milias Trail (Paul recently worked on it and it is wonderful now) to Cross Canyon Trail to Kelly Cabin Canyon Trail to Kelly Lake. We met the rest of the group who took the more direct route.


    Another great swim. And all the way back. We had a lovely day in the scorching heat. One of the finest events of the year. Won't you join us next year?

    Roy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plymmer
    Won't you join us next year?
    I'm confused on the sales pitch for "next year", whenever that is. Everything is rated on the scum scale, and then there's an invite? This is some reverse psych voodoo, right?

    Seems like you had fun.

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    Won't you scum join us next year?

    Scum on, you'll like it!

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    Coit Lake is filled to her lovely brim.

    Ahoy Scum-Bags!


    Do you think Plymmer and Fattire400 like swimming in ponds? Maybe you should ass-scum?

    This is a good year for the Coe Tour de Swim-Holes. We have a bit more water than the last few years, and it shows.


    The crew hastily prepares for another immersion.

    Good news: Rat Pick, Chris and I are pleased to say that today we found the sunglasses you left somewhere in Coe during the 10k.


    Rat Pick carefully places his sun-glasses in his helmet so that he won't forget them.

    It was a wonderful ride.


    Brian and Janet dispatch along the Live Oak Spring single-track.

    For anyone who has not been to these stock ponds and small reservoirs in Coe, I would like to expand upon some of Plymmer's descriptions. The "scum rings" are not scum (as in foamy yeast blooms). These are some sort of pond weed with floating leaves. Cattle no longer graze upon this range. Some of the ponds are smaller due to levee blow-outs, and spill-way erosion. Some ponds and reservoirs are gone.


    Zener and Super-Stoker filtering at the Live-Oak Spring trough.

    Since these ponds were created for a sustainable water source for cattle, they are often situated upon or below natural fresh-water springs, and exploit natural depressions and more easily plugged gulches for their location. Since these ponds were built with heavy earth-movers there is always an old road to them, as well as well worn game trails which follow the better lines created by bovines.


    Walsh Peak presides over the landscape as scwummers enjoy the slime of Wood Duck Pond.

    Also, contrary to Plymmer's whimsy, I think these ponds are okay to filter water from, if you have no other alternative. I have not experienced a problem yet.


    Gathered under the shade of a spreading oak tree along the Pacheco Falls Trail.

    Long have I been swimming, floating, paddling, and sitting in all sorts of small bodies of water in Coe, and never yet have become ill from it. But, of course I take precautions. Except for the bigger "lakes" and flowing creek holes, I always swim with a tight fitting bike shorts or swim-suit. I am also careful to try to not get any of that water in my mouth.


    Ganga!!!

    The temperatures within even one tiny pond are often amazingly variable from one place or depth to another, and from one pond to the other.

    A lot of the ponds have a thick layer of unseen fully submerged pond-weed in them, which feels like a dish-scouring brush upon the skin. I don't know what it is, but the stems and leaves are reminsicent of a bottle-brush to me.

    It's fun to swim with turtles, frogs, salamanders, ducks, and billions of other macro and micro-organisms. The ladies on the ride, Chris and Janet, do not hesitate to get in these tanks for a refreshing swim. Neither did any of the guys.

    I counted 11 swim holes for me on the ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer
    Good news: Rat Pick, Chris and I are pleased to say that today we found the sunglasses you left somewhere in Coe during the 10k.
    Awesome.. thanks for looking! My new pair aren't quite so good on the road as those, so I still have a use for them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer
    ..Long have I been swimming, floating, paddling, and sitting in all sorts of small bodies of water in Coe, and never yet have become ill from it. But, of course I take precautions. Except for the bigger "lakes" and flowing creek holes, I always swim with a tight fitting bike shorts or swim-suit. I am also careful to try to not get any of that water in my mouth.

    It's fun to swim with turtles, frogs, salamanders, ducks, and billions of other macro and micro-organisms. ...

    I counted 11 swim holes for me on the ride.
    I know Plymmer can never resist a dip in a pond. That is probably what helps him survive the summer heat where he's one of the few able to ride in the park, and going way out there.

    Looks like you and Plymmer get along swimmingly.

    I don't go for dips because I always worry about riding with wet short and chamois pads. Doesn't that make for bad chaffing later?

    Looks like you had fun! A new Henry Coe (summer) metric will now be miles, foot climbed, and number of swim holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sorcerer
    A lot of the ponds have a thick layer of unseen fully submerged pond-weed in them, which feels like a dish-scouring brush upon the skin. I don't know what it is, but the stems and leaves are reminsicent of a bottle-brush to me.
    Do you have pics of it? Sounds like Egeria; a very invasive non-native submerged aquatic plant. Most other pondweeds (e.g. Potamogeton) have soft, hair-like leaves and stems.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egeria_densa

    Re: filtering water from these ponds, you shouldn't have too many issues as long as you don't give the water to, uh, infants. There's probably too much dissolved nitrate, which can lead to "blue baby syndrome." I don't think you guys are taking infants with you on these rides... if you are, then blue baby syndrome would be the least of your problems...
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    Chaffing

    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry
    I know Plymmer can never resist a dip in a pond. That is probably what helps him survive the summer heat where he's one of the few able to ride in the park, and going way out there.

    I don't go for dips because I always worry about riding with wet short and chamois pads. Doesn't that make for bad chaffing later?
    Now you can!!! Pearl Izumi (and other brands) make what they call Tri-Shorts. http://gearwestbike.com/product/pear...ts-44439-1.htm
    The chamois is non-existant.

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    Aw man!!! So bummed I missed this. But, you know I've ridden with folks who have peed in those lakes. (eeeew!!!) Just sayin'.
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    Sorry I'm late with my photos - my camera has been playing up for a while and appears to have finally died - I did get a bit of video and a few photos before it passed on.

    I had bad directions and began the climb up Lyman Willson Ridge trail above the Bowl Trail intersection. When nobody followed, I stopped but it made for a photo opportunity!
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xW4h_XmqLV4JnGcPRLiy5g?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TEcfUh3V0EI/AAAAAAAAb7g/GoNJrC0ernw/s800/IMG_2837.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/HenryCoeTourDeSwimJuly2010?feat=embedwebsite">Henr y Coe Tour de Swim - July 2010</a></td></tr></table>

    Perhaps the most important photo is proof of Paul & Roy's swim up top of Pacheco Falls..
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/w-HhTyH4BKt01H_0I2swug?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TEcfVuHMTpI/AAAAAAAAb7w/oU1WZMs23KI/s800/IMG_2929.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/HenryCoeTourDeSwimJuly2010?feat=embedwebsite">Henr y Coe Tour de Swim - July 2010</a></td></tr></table>

    Sadly, the camera died here so I missed Paul's cannonball, but did get a bit of video. Firstly, the idea sparks for Paul to climb up and Roy follows after I fetched his shoes:
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/fBSdvwas9-qMo9DZ_D7NOA?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TEcf4G-VObI/AAAAAAAAb8A/MzY9AeuMIhQ/s800/MVI_2912.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/HenryCoeTourDeSwimJuly2010?feat=embedwebsite">Henr y Coe Tour de Swim - July 2010</a></td></tr></table>

    And some blurry padding around up there..
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/B1CLPNiOVktNjeHmGQngnw?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TEcfe-_aUXI/AAAAAAAAb74/pVPK9b24s_s/s800/MVI_2926.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/HenryCoeTourDeSwimJuly2010?feat=embedwebsite">Henr y Coe Tour de Swim - July 2010</a></td></tr></table>

    One of the earlier scummy ponds..
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/bZbYrr-FpzjZxh4un7SShQ?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TEchBOixF2I/AAAAAAAAb8c/fT78ZV_xUBk/s800/MVI_2898.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/HenryCoeTourDeSwimJuly2010?feat=embedwebsite">Henr y Coe Tour de Swim - July 2010</a></td></tr></table>

    Would you swim here?
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/l9Dqw2fXeHqaF7ObT6oYTg?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/_AAWYXSJV_TI/TEchY8HTpPI/AAAAAAAAb8o/U64sxCg52h4/s800/MVI_2892.jpg" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/patrick.herlihy/HenryCoeTourDeSwimJuly2010?feat=embedwebsite">Henr y Coe Tour de Swim - July 2010</a></td></tr></table>

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    Ahhhh...words cannot describe how upon a warm summer day of of cycling a refeshing a dip in a scummy Coe pond really is! Thanks for letting me see these Rat Pick. Next year's will be even better. I promise!


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    The stories are fun to read. (Plymmer's story is just down right moving!) The photos are, again, very Coe-squely beautiful. I should be all over it at saying "in" for next year. ...Right? ... Actually, I'm not sure...

    Um, it's that scummy water... The color looks just like that of the one and only public swimming pool in the small city where I grew up. It opened two afternoons a week in the summer when kids were all out of school, so you can imagine how crowded it could get. Wait, you probably could not imagine that if you had not been there. Anyway, I heard that the water level usually was higher at the end of the hours than at the beginning. If you listened to this week's NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me / Bluff the Listener (audio clip), you'll know why. I've been traumatized.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudworm
    The stories are fun to read. (Plymmer's story is just down right moving!) The photos are, again, very Coe-squely beautiful. .
    I'm not sure yet if Plymmer has you beat on ride stories. Both of you are about as epic as your rides. Both are fun to read.

    But Plymmer has more pictures.

    Actually,.... Plymmer has more pictures of leeches.

    Yes, Plymmer has more pictures of leeches. He wins on that!

    And I never get enough pictures of Henry Coe. Something alluring about that brutal remote wilderness beauty. Perhaps it's a twisted S&M thing?
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    And Coe just keeps getting bigger

    I'm sure Skyline35 will post more details soon...

    Willson Ranch with two 'l's is attaching more than just their name to the Coe hills and trails.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLarry

    And Coe just keeps getting bigger
    Hey Larry, I saw that article too and it's pretty confusing. Rambles all over the place.
    It took me a little while to figure things out.

    The 1,557 acres acquired by the Nature Conservancy will be added to Cañada de los
    Osos Ecological Reserve, a 4,200-acre adjacent property that is owned by the state
    Department of Fish and Game.
    A map with that article would have been nice. Oh well, here's a link to a map of Cañada
    de los Osos Ecological Reserve (it's a pdf):
    http://www.dfg.ca.gov/lands/er/regio...elosOsosER.pdf

    I guess that Willson Ranch must be one of those ranches out along Cañada Road.

    It's additional Fish & Game land, not State Park, so no mtn biking there. :-(

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    The acquisition is a front-page headline feature in today's (Sat. 24th) Local News section of the San Jose Mercury News.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-...nclick_check=1

    There is a brief history of the ranch, its founder was "Horace Willson", not "Lyman Wilson" as in Wilson Peak or Wilson Camp. There is also a small map showing the relative location of the land.

    By coincidence, I was riding Vasquez Rd a week ago and noticed the faded signs on Coe's south boundary fence; something like 'Keep Out, No Hunting, Willson Ranch". For a moment I thought about taking a pix of them, the moss/lichen covering signs was kinda artsy but I was too heat addled to pull it off! Maybe on another trip!?!?

    Has anybody here ever contacted the DF&G RE bicycle access on its land? They allow access for hunting. Maybe they'd allow bicycles as long as you were carrying a firearm and a hunting license???
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    Quote Originally Posted by pliebenberg
    The acquisition is a front-page headline feature in today's (Sat. 24th) Local News section of the San Jose Mercury News.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-...nclick_check=1

    There is a brief history of the ranch, its founder was "Horace Willson", not "Lyman Wilson" as in Wilson Peak or Wilson Camp. There is also a small map showing the relative location of the land.

    By coincidence, I was riding Vasquez Rd a week ago and noticed the faded signs on Coe's south boundary fence; something like 'Keep Out, No Hunting, Willson Ranch". For a moment I thought about taking a pix of them, the moss/lichen covering signs was kinda artsy but I was too heat addled to pull it off! Maybe on another trip!?!?

    Has anybody here ever contacted the DF&G RE bicycle access on its land? They allow access for hunting. Maybe they'd allow bicycles as long as you were carrying a firearm and a hunting license???
    Because wwww.mercurynews can be a pain, I'll put their map here:



    (The map wasn't in the early on-line story.)

    Re: DF&G....I think Fish and Game has a different mission than State Parks but I don't know the real situaltion.

    This thread really should have a link to the 2009 CTdSH : Coe Tour de Swimholes July 4

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    Speaking of swimming, watch this video. This is hard core:

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