All Waterfalls in Uvas Canyon
5.6 miles     1600 ft
26 Feb 2011
Summary

A spectacular hike that visits all waterfalls and cascades in Uvas Canyon. Best done in late winter or early spring, after heavy rains.

Location: Uvas Canyon County Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good map with various trails.

Route

This hike goes through all trails in Uvas Canyon except the trail to Knibbs Knob in the northern section of the park.

Route in brief: From Black Oak Group Area, follow Waterfall Loop, with side trips to Knibbs Knob (steep), Black Rock Falls, Basin Falls and Upper Falls. Continue along Contour Trail. Turn right on Alec Canyon Trail (steep) and continue all the way until the trail ends in a waterfall. Make a side trip to Triple Falls as well. Return by Alec Canyon Trail to the starting point (Black Oak Group Area).

Notes:

  1. This is among the best hikes in the bay area. In winters, soon after rains, creeks are flowing with water.
  2. By including the hike to Knibbs Knob (4.0 miles, 1700 ft), the overall trip becomes fairly strenuous (9.6 miles, 3300 ft). Knibbs Knob is not adjacent to any creeks — it is mainly a fitness hike that gains elevation quickly.
Trailhead

Location: 8515 Croy Road, Morgan Hill, California 95037 . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From 101-South, take exit 373 for Bailey Avenue. Turn right onto Bailey Avenue and drive for 3.2 miles. Turn left on McKean Road an drive for 2.4 miles. Continue onto Uvas Road and drive 3.7 miles. Turn right onto Croy Road (there is a sign for Uvas Canyon County Park at this junction) and drive for 4.4 miles to enter the park. The last couple of miles are along a narrow winding road.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $6 per vehicle (last visited: February 2012)

Capacity: Dozens of cars may be parked inside the park.

Latitude: 37.084741     Longitude: -121.792288

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