Great report, W_D; I hope they manage to keep the park open!
I haven't been to Henry Coe, but I've been a city park above Palo Alto in late March. I didn't get any ticks, but my dog was absolutely crawling with them (Frontline kills them only after they bite, and these ticks were still looking for a place to get a meal).
Shortie gaiters do work well IF you use permethrin spray on them--they keep the ticks from getting inside your pant legs. They work better than tucking pants into socks. I spray all my clothing and shoes with permethrin in the spring. We have lots of ticks around here, too, especially at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge, where everyone goes at this time of year for the early desert wildflowers and less rain.
Edited by OregonMouse (04/11/12 07:25 PM)
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey