Uvas Canyon County Park
by Bay Nature Staff on July 08, 2012
Six miles of trails, including one to a perennial waterfall, attract hikers to this shady and remote canyon park.
Nestled in a shady canyon on the east side of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Morgan Hill, Uvas Canyon County Park offers respite from the hot summer sun as well as rain- and spring-fed waterfalls during the rainy season. Under a rich riparian canopy, hikers can enjoy tree-shaded trails to the waterfalls or to high points with expansive views to the east. The Waterfall Loop trail, short (one-mile) but sometimes steep and rocky, follows Swanson Creek and offers a few small waterfalls in the winter (fullest after a three or four days of rain) as well as numbered posts matched to the self-guided Waterfall Loop Nature Trail Guide, which is available online as well as at the park.