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Fall Creek Unit, Henry Cowell State Park

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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This is a beautiful hike that starts along a bubbling stream; not as well known or well-hiked as the rest of Henry Cowell. One of my personal favorites.

HIKE DESCRIPTION: We'll begin on Fall Creek Trail along the central canyon of the park.  We'll climb the Big Ben Trail to the Big Ben tree for a rest break. Then we'll descend on the Lost Empire Trail. We'll pass the Barrel Mill area and take a short, easy loop past the lime kilns using the Cape Horn and South Fork trails.  Moderate hike of about 8.6 miles, steep in some areas, about 4-5 hours. Elevation maybe 1900 feet?

DIRECTIONS: Head south on CA 17 towards Santa Cruz. In Scotts Valley, exit at Mt. Hermon Road. Drive northwest on Mt. Hermon (believe it is a right turn after exiting freeway), about 3.5 miles to Graham Hill Road. Turn right onto Graham Hill and after just 0.1 miles the road ends at a light at Highway 9 in Felton. Continue straight across to Felton Empire Road. Drive about 0.6 mile and turn right into the poorly signed (please look carefully, easy to miss, especially if blocked by a parked car) trailhead parking lot. NO facilities, go in Scott's Valley before you get here.

CARPOOL: 8:15 at the Los Gatos Park and Ride. From Highway 17, exit on Saratoga/Los Gatos Road and go two blocks. The park and ride is just past University Avenue (but before Santa Cruz Ave.) on the right.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Redwoods, ferns, waterfalls! What more could you want in a hike.
    Thank you Lori and thank you Barbara for the delicious cupcakes.

    July 15, 2013

  • jane b.

    Absolutely one of my favorites...and the running water exceeded my expectations...a stunning hike and day! Thanks for the leadership, great group, and delicious cupcakes...a real reward for those who finished at the rear of the pack!

    July 15, 2013

  • MARCIA

    A beautiful summer hike along the creek and under the redwoods. Great company and great cupcakes, too! Thanks, Lori!

    July 15, 2013

    • Kitty

      damn it, what cupcakes???

      July 15, 2013

  • Jeff A

    Thanks Lori. A beautiful hike. I had never been on this one before. While we were hiking my GPS showed that we did 10 miles, but after loading it on the computer it looks like we did 9.19 miles, total elevation gain of 3600 feet, and max elevation gain of 1500 feet.

    July 14, 2013

  • Das (Narendra D.

    Thanks Lori for arranging the Hike.
    Thanks Barbara for the Nutella cupcake !

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Drew,

    Was nice carpooling and talking you about Bethesda and our careers with IBM.

    I left my water bottle holder in your car under the front passenger seat

    Would very much like to get it back.

    Would you please call [masked]) and let me know when/where I can pick it up?

    Thank you,

    Frank

    July 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Frank - took a good look around and don't see your water bottle..sure you left it in my car?

      July 14, 2013

  • Marianne

    It was a beautiful hike. Thanks, Lori!

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I too enjoyed the hike and the company of the Ramblers! The shade and lots of water made the say special. But cupcakes? Did I leave too soon??

    July 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hello Drew,

      Was nice carpooling and talking you about Bethesda and our careers with IBM.

      I left my water bottle holder in your car under the front passenger seat

      Would very much like to get it back.

      Would you please call [masked]) and let me know when/where I can pick it up?

      Thank you,

      July 14, 2013

  • Monica

    Loved hiking along the stream! It was quite calm and relaxing. Thank you so much Lori for leading this wonderful hike!

    July 13, 2013

  • Barb H.

    Thanks to Lori for putting the event together. Great Job!!! Hope your foot is feeling better now that you are off of it.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Barb H.

    Beautiful Park....sorry that it was not as well kept as we have experienced on other hikes.

    July 13, 2013

  • Kitty

    Thank you Lori for leading. What cupcake?

    July 13, 2013

  • becky

    Beautiful, challenging hike along the stream, enjoyed chatting with everyone. Thank you, Lori, great hike!

    July 13, 2013

  • Dawn

    Beautiful hike and good company on the trails. Thanks Lori for leading.

    July 13, 2013

  • Femy

    I liked hiking right along the creek. I especially liked the shaded trails. Thanks Lori for leading and to Barb for the cupcakes. What a treat after the hike. Great company.

    July 13, 2013

  • Dawn

    Ronen, it looks like you're in. It says you've RSVP'd. See you there!

    July 13, 2013

  • Ronen

    Hi Lori, I'm still on the waiting list. Is there room for me. Has anyone dropped without updating the RSVP list?

    July 13, 2013

  • Davina

    Hi Jane, Thanks so much for the reply - sorry, for some reason thought I saw your name as leader. Lori - thanks for your reply - as it happens problem's gone away as I went for a local walk with friend this morning of about 4 miles, and I think a 9 mile hike will be a bit too much for her.

    July 12, 2013

  • Lori T

    Hi Davina, seems like there is always drop outs. Best to check in the morning before you set out, and if there is less than 25, then just bring your plus 1 with you.

    July 12, 2013

  • jane b.

    I cannot answer your Q, but I think Lori is the leader; hopefully she can help...Jane

    July 12, 2013

  • Davina

    Hi Jane, I see there's a wait list at the moment, but if there are a couple of dropouts, is it okay if I bring a +1 - a friend who's staying with us at the moment. Thank you!

    July 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be at the Los Gatos Park and Ride at 8:00.

    July 10, 2013

  • jane b.

    Please ignore last message from me...I will not be stopping at Los Gatos. See you at Fall Creek.

    July 10, 2013

  • jane b.

    I'll be at Los Gatos too.

    July 10, 2013

  • Femy

    I'll be at the Los Gatos Park and Ride if anyone wants to join me to for carpool at 8:00 am.

    July 9, 2013

  • jane b.

    Saturday in San Francisco and Sausalito was delightful...great group, weather, and variety! Thanks Lori and Monica, and thanks for posting Fall Creek, Lori! That is a gorgeous area with a year-around creek. Hope you are feeling better.

    July 1, 2013

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