Uvas Canyon County Park- Waterfall Hike

  • February 13, 2010 · 9:00 AM
  • California Avenue Caltrain Station

After the recent heavy rains in our area, a hike at a great park for waterfalls could reveal some lovely sights. We will thoroughly explore Uvas Canyon County park which is known for its scenic waterfalls. A portion of our route will include the Waterfall Loop which often makes “top ten” lists of best hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Details are included below.....

I hope to see you on this hike.....

Your Organizer,
Julio M. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Uvas Canyon County Park- Waterfall Hike, Feb. 13 (Saturday)
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Destination: Uvas Canyon County Park
Date: February 13, 2010
Total length of hike: 5.5 miles (approx.)
Total elevation gain: 1000 feet (approx.)
Further information on Uvas Canyon County Park at URL:
www.parkhere.org
Click on “Find a Park” in left column
Click on “Uvas Canyon” in left column
Driving distance/time: 47 miles / 1.25 hours approx. each way
Cost: Mileage ($30 per car round trip )+ Park Entrance fee ($6 per car)
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation of 1-2 dollars at the end of the hike to help cover Meetup’s charge for creating his Meetup group.

Organizer: Julio (contact info below)

RAIN CANCELS.... In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about hike cancellation due to weather. NO NEED TO RSVP Meet: 9:00 am at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 California Avenue,
Palo Alto (meet on platform side of parking lot near middle where
underpass is located) to carpool

10:30 am at first parking lot on right after entrance gate in
Uvas Canyon County Park Estimated finish time: 1:30 PM (back at trailhead), 3:00 PM (back at Stanford) bring: lunch, sunscreen, plenty of water, coat, all the usual stuff.

After the recent heavy rains in our area, a hike at a great park for waterfalls could reveal some lovely sights. We will thoroughly explore this park which is known for its scenic waterfalls. A portion of our route will include the Waterfall Loop which often makes “top ten” lists of best hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area.

From the Ranger Station we will proceed up Alec Canyon Trail. Portions of this trail are quite steep but the reward for our efforts will be the Triple Falls. We will then retrace a portion of our route on Alec Canyon Trail to join Contour Trail. This winding trail takes us across Swanson Creek and provides good views of Basin Falls, Upper Falls, and Black Rock Falls-- each with its own unique geometry of flowing water and cliffs. Continuing along Swanson Creek, we will join the Waterfall Loop trail. We will follow this trail all the way to Uvas Creek, which should be quite a treat after the recent rains. A short loop will take us back to our starting point. DIRECTIONS from Palo Alto to Uvas Canyon County Park headquarters:
- Take the I-280 SOUTH ramp towards SAN JOSE
- Exit to HIGHWAY 85 heading south TOWARD GILROY
- Take Highway 85 to HIGHWAY 101
- Take Highway 101 South
- Take the BAILEY AVENUE EXIT (Exit 373)
- Turn RIGHT onto BAILEY AVENUE
- Continue on Bailey Road 3.2 miles to McKEAN ROAD
- Turn LEFT onto McKean Road (which becomes UVAS ROAD).
- Continue for 6 MILES
- Turn RIGHT onto CROY ROAD
- Continue 4.4 MILES on Croy Road to reach PARK ENTRANCE
- ENTER PARK & PARK IN FIRST PARKING LOT AT RIGHT AFTER
THE ENTRANCE GATE (BELOW THE BATHROOMS) Trip "leader":
Julio M.
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594
*Find out about coming hikes & get updates at my meetup.com group:
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  • Vlad

    Great full-flowing waterfalls, green canyons views and fun group. Thanks Julio for organizing the event!

    February 16, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a beautiful day for hiking! The green (!) landscape accented with mossy rocks, great waterfalls, redwood trees, and a nice group of hikers made this a great hike. Thanks for organizing this hike, Julio!

    February 14, 2010

  • Mandar

    Thanks Bob for posting pictures!

    February 13, 2010

  • Mandar

    Great hike, especially the waterfalls. "Black Rock" waterfall was simply stunning.
    Cool hikers too.

    February 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of water down 4 main waterfalls.

    February 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone suggest what we should pack? Also, would anyone like to drive with my boyfriend and me from Palo Alto Cal Ave caltrain station?

    February 12, 2010

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