Where? : Coyote lake county park located on the south east section of Santa Clara county, just east of San Martin.
What? : The large park covers the hills of the Coyote Ridge and the long and narrow Coyote lake. In the main Coyote Lake park entrance, it has large camping site and boat ramp near the lake and two other entrances for hiking with large parking lots.
When? : The lake and campsites are popular at summertime, excellent place to hike during nice winter day.
Due note: The park has 2 main sections (3 parking): the lakeside (payed entrance) and the west hills side, you can combine them both with long hikes
My thoughts: During 2020 winter months I visit many times this park. In one of my earliest trips another nature photographer point me to a Bald Eagle nesting. Unfortunately it will be very difficult to find it unless you know what and where to look for.
After that I came many times to see the two chicks grow up, most at late afternoon until sunset.
The late afternoon is excellent for wild boar (pig) watching, in this park I saw them the most and up close.
The park has 3 main parking lots that have different park visit experience:- Harvey bear to the west (nearest to 101)
- Mendoza Ranch at the south
- The main park entrance near the lake