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Falls Creek

http://www.meetup.com/Almaden-Hiking-Group/pages/Disclaimer__and_Release_of_Liability/http://www.bahiker.com/southbayhikes/fallcreek.html

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25291

http://www.redwoodhikes.com/Cowell/Truck.html

One of the most beautiful hikes in the area. There is a creek along many parts of the trails and the sound of the running water along with the flush vegetation makes this hike one of our favorites.

Bring food to eat but we may also stop to have a bite to eat and socialize in a restaurant near by:

LUNCH CHOICES :)

CHOICE #1:

http://www.feltoncowboy.com/our-menu/cowboy-lunch-menu

Cowboy BarGrill 6155 State Route 9 Felton, CA[masked])[masked]

 

CHOICE #2:

http://www.taqueriavallartarestaurant.com

6272 Hwy 9  Felton, CA 95018
(831)[masked]

 

We are starting out from the Fall Creek Parking Lot.  This is NOT the primary entrance for Henry Cowell State Park.  The Parking area is on the right hand side of the road, shortly after the cemetery.

At Fall Creek Unit, there are no facilities: no drinking water, restrooms, or maps. There is parking for about 25 vehicles in a dirt lot.

In brief:
6.8 mile loop through wonderful pockets of redwoods and maples along Fall Creek.

Distance, category, and difficulty:
The featured 6.8 mile loop hike is moderate with some short strenuous areas, with about 1000 feet in elevation change. Park elevation ranges from about 400 feet to 2400 feet. There are a few easy hikes, but most traverse substantial elevation. 

Getting there:
From CA 17 in Santa Clara County, drive southwest. In Scotts Valley, exit Mount Hermon Road. Drive northwest on Mount Hermon Road about 3.5 miles. When Mount Hermon Road ends at Graham Hill Road, turn right. After just 0.1 mile, Graham Hill Road ends at a traffic light at CA 9 in Felton. Continue straight on Felton Empire Road. Drive about 0.6 mile on Felton Empire Road, and turn right into the poorly signed trailhead.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was so nice to see everyone again. I really like this hike, it's shady and absolutly beautiful. Hope to see you all again soon!!

    June 4, 2013

  • Mark B

    It was a great hike and glad the creek was still running strong. I uploaded a few pictures.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for your wonderful pictures. And a big thanks to Nieves and Patty for organizing yesterdays hike and lunch.

    June 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was beautiful!

    June 2, 2013

  • Graeme

    One of the great hikes of the area. Thanks, Nieves and Patty for organizing. <iframe src="http://www.endomondo.com/embed/workouts?w=uqzgIPJWLSc&width=580&height=600&width=950&height=600"; width="950" height="600" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool walk on a hot day.

    June 1, 2013

  • Nieves

    Beautiful place.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! We kept cool under the Redwoods and by the creek. Tks much to Nieves, Patty and other organizers and hikers!

    June 1, 2013

    • Kay

      Also thanks to all the carpool organizers and drivers!

      1 · June 1, 2013

  • Kay

    Cool in every way on a hot day!

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is now a favorite hike and I so appreciate being introduced to this jewel. The hike had interesting historical sites and the weather was spectacular. I was sorry to miss the lunch but had made other plans.

    June 1, 2013

  • Frank

    Great place.

    June 1, 2013

  • Steve L

    Great! We took the cooler route throught the redwoods. Good choice!

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be at the carpool spot - Starbucks - thanks much!

    June 1, 2013

  • Graeme

    Those interested in carpooling....our standard meeting point for this hike is at the Starbucks Coffee at 14777 Los Gatos Boulevard, Los Gatos. If you are new to the group, and have not met us there, please CLICK ON THE LINK for the Google Map, and use the directions tool to find it. http://goo.gl/maps/CZmV1. Assemble at Starbucks, on the street level, no later than 8:30am. If you're going to buy a drink at Starbucks, be there no later than 8:15am, it gets busy there!

    If your interested, please reply to this post, and indicate that you will be there. If you don't reply, you are telling us you will NOT be there, so we will not be waiting for you!

    1 · May 27, 2013

    • Aparna

      I will be there at car pool location, thanks

      1 · May 31, 2013

    • Kimberly C.

      I'll see everyone at the carpool location. :)

      1 · June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    carpooling at Starbuck's

    May 31, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Unfortunately, I cannot attend this hike...I look forward to the next one though!!

    Susan

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just did Windy Hill in the extreme heat Friday and don't think I'll be recovered for this one Saturday morning.

    May 31, 2013

  • Patty J

    Just checked the weather forecast for Felton tomorrow: sunny and 65 degrees at 9:30, 82 degrees when we finish - perfect... Looks like a good day for layers, hats, sunscreen and plenty of water!

    May 31, 2013

  • Barbara E.

    Sorry for the late change but I injured my foot. Have fun!

    May 30, 2013

    • Nieves

      We'll miss you Barbara!

      May 31, 2013

    • Barbara E.

      Margaritas?!?! :-) I miss you girls!! I'll be on the next hike for sure!

      May 31, 2013

  • Nieves

    Just a friendly reminder to ask you to change your RSVP if your plans have changed so we have a proper account. Make sure you take into account the driving distance. We will only wait 10 minutes. Thanks and looking forward to meeting everyone!

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to seeing you all there!! I am in for lunch as well and can carpool. see you at Starbucks 8:30 sharp.

    May 31, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Anyone carpooling....i live in los gatos??

    May 29, 2013

    • Nieves

      Susan, you are still in the waiting list and there are 2 people ahead of you waiting for someone to drop so they can attend the hike. As people drop, those who are first on the waiting list will move first to the "going list." It is very important that we maintain this system so people do not get offended or left out. Sorry for the inconvenience. We will do this hike again. Thanks

      May 30, 2013

  • Patty J

    Hi Susan - Yes, we will carpool from Los Gatos, please see Graeme's note below with the specifics on location, time, etc. Shawn and I will be at the carpool spot at 8:15 Saturday AM as well. Cheers, Patty

    May 29, 2013

    • Graeme

      Susan, because of local park restrictions placed on groups, we have to limit the number of hikers that we bring on a group hike. You also need to wait until you bump up from the Waiting List, to the Attending List. Right now you are third in line on the Waiting List, so 3 people must drop out for you to get on the Attending List. Often times there are last minute drops, which is why Nieves is reminding hikers to make sure they can go, or drop out and let other move up in line. So, please keep looking to see where you are on the Waiting List before showing up at Starbucks on Saturday morning. Thanks!

      May 29, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Count me in...looking forward to it!

    May 29, 2013

  • Nieves

    Dear Hikers,
    Please remember, if you are in the waiting list, you may not attend the hike unless someone drops and you are added to the "going" list. Thanks!

    May 28, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Count me in!! I will be there Saturday @ 9:30A

    May 28, 2013

  • Nieves

    Thank you Graeme for posting the carpool.
    Hikers please, RSVP for carpool and be on time. If you decide not to attend the hike, change your RSVP with enough time to allow those in the waiting list to attend or make other plans and for the driver(s) to either stop or not at the carpool location.
    Due to the increasing number of last minute cancellations and "no shows, I will be sending reminders for you to change your RSVP if not sure you can attend the hike throughout the week.
    Thank you all.

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested in carpooling. I am on the waiting list at time. Thanks.

    May 27, 2013

  • Nieves

    Dear hikers,
    We have a long waiting list. Please, make sure to change your RSVP if you are not sure you can attend the hike with enough time to allow others to join the hike. Thanks!

    May 26, 2013

  • Kimberly

    So bummed to miss this but promised to do a talk at a new medical center in the early afternoon. I don't think they want me show up in dusty trail gear. Nieves, plan another hike soon. Your hikes are always fun!

    May 25, 2013

  • Nieves

    Dear hikers,
    We already have a waiting list. Please, make sure to change your RSVP if you are not sure you can attend the hike with enough time to allow others to join the hike. Thanks!

    May 23, 2013

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