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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 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.
Exposure: Heavily shaded.
Trail traffic: Light on the trails.
Trail surfaces: Dirt trails and fire roads.
Hiking time: 3 1/2 hours.
Season: Best in autumn.
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.
Fall Creek Unit is separate from the rest of Henry Cowell, and does not charge an entrance or parking fee. Obtain a map from the park headquarters: at the junction of Graham Hill Road and CA 9, turn left. Drive south about 0.7 mile, then turn left into the park. Continue on the park road about 0.4 mile to the entrance kiosk, where you can purchase a map to Fall Creek for $1. 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. No designated handicapped parking, and trails are not suitable to wheelchairs. There is no direct public transportation to the park. Santa Cruz Metro bus #34 stops on highway 9, less than 1 mile from the trailhead.