Uvas Canyon Falls

Morgan Hill, California

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Saturate the Bay Area with a couple of good rains, and Uvas Canyon practically blossoms with falls, cataracts, and cascades. The surprise of Uvas Canyon is that a local park can boast a cluster of destination-worthy waterfalls. Making a comparison to Yosemite is a big stretch, but it’s the only other place in NorCal where such a concentration of falls can be found in a compact setting. The scale is vastly smaller, and this canyon is smothered in oaks, bay laurels, ferns, and moss—no soaring granite domes. But douse the Santa Cruz Mountains in a good rain and head up the Waterfall Loop, and you’ll pass cataract after cascade after waterfall after waterfall.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Saturate the Bay Area with a couple of good rains, and Uvas Canyon practically blossoms with falls, cataracts, and cascades. The surprise of Uvas Canyon is that a local park can boast a cluster of destination-worthy waterfalls. Making a comparison to Yosemite is a big stretch, but it’s the only
other place in NorCal where such a concentration of falls can be found in a compact setting.

The scale is vastly smaller, and this canyon is smothered in oaks, bay laurels, ferns, and moss—no soaring granite domes. But douse the Santa Cruz Mountains in a good rain and head up the Waterfall Loop, and you’ll pass cataract after cascade after waterfall after waterfall.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Morgan Hill
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Santa Clara County Parks, Uvas Canyon, 8515 Croy Rd., Morgan Hill, CA 95037; (408) 779-9232; www.sccgov.org/sites/parks/ parkfinder/Pages/UvasCanyon.aspx
Local Maps: USGS Loma Prieta CA; maps available at the park and online
Driving Directions: Directions to Uvas Canyon Falls

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