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Harvey Bear

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Nothing but uphill fire roads. You star at 300 feet and climb to 1100 feet in 2.5 miles. The terrian is kinda boring just a bunch of open hill side. It looks like there are some cow trails that can be single track but end up going no where. Overall not a very fun place
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Latitude
37.130556
Longitude
-121.653333
Trail Length
12
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Morgan Hill
State/Territory/Province
CA
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
December 1, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: HillClimber823 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Trail was pretty good for my first time there. Was up visiting some friends and family. I always try and take my bike with me where ever I go. They live on the south side of the 101 freeway so I decided to ride over there.

Got there around 7am and there was not a soul in site. Grabbed a map and off I went.

Trails or fire roads were well maintained. There are tons of cows to see on the way, some a little stubborn and didn't want to move. All in all I had a good time riding by myself, no time limit and went where ever I wanted.



Recommended Route:
I rode up the main trail to the right instead of Harvey bear. This baby was steep but loved every minute of it. Once I got to the top I took coyote ridge northwest to Harvey bear, then to Townsprings, then to Rancho San Ysidro to Savannah trail to Gaviota then back up to coyote ridge. From there took coyote to Willow Springs and headed out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Maybe hitting this one again and try a different route.



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Review Date
December 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JM ,  Racer

Summary:
I ride from Gilroy and ride the biggest loop end to end. Other than that there is not much to do.This park is for Rookie riders but we all need a place to work on getting stronger.



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Review Date
September 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Nathan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The fun single track is on the backside (east side) of the park paralleling the reservoir going either north or south. Stay out of the middle of the park where you will spend all your time on steep fire roads, not much fun in the middle!

I like to ride my 29er hardtail here, the park presents plenty of challenges and I love flying through the backside trail at high speed, it's a great workout. I typically park at the west entrance near San Martin, climb the steep fire road and make all right turns to follow all perimeter paths counter-clockwise around the park. Seems like a lot of these paths are not on the map, so just keep making right turns if you want to stay off the super steep fire roads. (there will still be steep climbs)

There is a cool section on the west/southern side of the park with jumps built into the path, they remind me of the BMX jumps we made as kids. This section is not on the park's map and it's best to ride it from the east side since you will have a downhill when leading up to the jumps. Hop on any path that branches off from the fire roads and you will have a lot more fun, it's a great local spot!

Recommended Route:
Any single track that branches off of the fire roads. I usually ride the perimeter and stay out of the middle where it's super steep.



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Review Date
October 13, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: CheapWhine ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
The west side of Harvey Bear is grass-covered hillsides with fireroads or a few doubletracks. There is a route along the ridgeline at the top of the hill. The east side of the park runs parallel to Coyote Lake through oak forest and grass lands (doubletrack) and then does a loop around a hill on the south end of the park (near Roop Road).

The climbing the west side trails is a good training exercise as you can work on hill climbing speed rather than just grinding out the climb as on steeper hills. It can be very hot and dry here in the summer. There may be a very few hikers or horses, but sight lines are excellent and everyone is polite (you should be too).

The trails on the east side are pretty nice. They tended to be shaded with more ups and downs and slight bends. There may be some people on these trails, but very few (many less than other nearby parks). You can see quite a few animals on the east side if you keep your eyes open.

These trails are hot in the summer and pretty nice in the autumn. Spring is definitely the best time with the new grass and wildflowers. If you go in the spring, check out the wildflowers on some of the hillsides on the east side.

There are no technical trails here, so don't bother if you need jumps, stunts, or rock gardens.

Recommended Route:
Park maps are available at the trailhead at the end of San Martin Ave and on-line. With minor planning, you can ride all of the trails in one outing. One possible route is:
Up Harvey Bear
Up Coyote Ridge
Down Willow Springs
Up Townsprings
Up Harvey Bear
Along Calaveras
Along Valley Oak
Up Campground
Out Coyote Ridge
Up Mendoza
Back on Coyote Ridge
Down Willow Springs
Left (down) on Savannah (not on older maps)
Back on Willow Springs

This works out to about 23 miles and 3100 feet of climbing.

For beginners, park on the Coyote Lake side and explore Calaveras and Valley Oaks. This is a nice ride that everyone will be successful with.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Henry Coe, Rancho Canada del Oro, Santa Teresa, Grant, Sierra Azul, Quicksilver



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