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Fall Creek - Henry Cowell State Park on Thanksgiving (Thursday)

THIS HIKING EVENT IS FULL!!! PLEASE TRY TO RSVP MY NEXT EVENT IN THE FUTURE, THANKS! :)

NO SHOW is unacceptable for respecting others and yourself. If you cannot make it to this hiking event, please kindly change your RSVP to "NO." Please don't just show up without RSVP! Thanks for following the policy!

carpool @ 8:45am in front of 99 Ranch Market at Milpitas Square

http://bahiker.com/southbayhikes/fallcreek.html

http://www.yelp.com/biz/fall-creek-henry-cowell-redwoods-state-park-felton#query:Fall%20Creek%20Unit%2C%20Henry%20Cowell%20State%20Park

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 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.

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.



Trailhead details:

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.

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  • Lily

    It was a very beautiful hike on the Thanksgiving day!

    Beautiful stream . . . beautiful music made by the nature!
    Beautiful trees and beautiful people!

    A BIG thanks to Yvonne, the great event organizer and a wonderful leader!

    Happy Holidays to all!

    1 · November 30, 2013

    • Yvonne C.

      Thank you Lily, it's always a delightful experience talking to you...hope to see you again soon. Merry Christmas and Happy 2014! =)

      December 1, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    wow, very impressive photo, thank you so much for taking them Andrew and Gang Li. :D

    November 29, 2013

  • AVA

    I wish I can join this time on Nov 28. Pls let me know! thanks!

    1 · November 27, 2013

    • Yvonne C.

      Yuyuan, please RSVP now, 2 space open at this moment. :)

      November 27, 2013

    • AVA

      Sorry... made other plan... Enjoy the happy hiking

      November 28, 2013

  • Jeffrey

    :( sorry for the late addition then drop.... Family needs some last minute help with some Thanksgiving stuff tomorrow. Hope you guys have fun! Maybe Yuyuan can go after all?

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Last call, if you have RSVP, make sure you will show up tomorrow. Looking forward to have great time with my old faithful hiking friends and new hikers joining us the 1st time. Sleep well tonight and Happy Thanksgiving everyone! =)

    November 27, 2013

  • Cindy

    Anyone coming from Berkeley or nearby cities?

    November 18, 2013

    • Rachel

      Hi Cindy , can I carpool with you? Just have spot open last night. Please let me know. Thank

      November 27, 2013

  • Gang L.

    Anybody would like to carpool from sunnyvale?

    November 26, 2013

  • Zhiyong T.

    I'm coming down from San Francisco. Anyone wants to carpool with me?

    November 8, 2013

    • Rachel

      Can I carpool with you? Just have open spot. Please let me know. Thank

      November 26, 2013

  • Rachel

    hi Cindy, I live in Oakland. Just have open spot. Can you pick me up? I m happy to share gases. Thank

    November 26, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Please be on time and dress in layer with your hiking gears, bring your lunch and enough water. For those who are the 1st time joining my hiking event, please e-mail me your cell#, I will only call when we can't find you at the park on Thursday morning. Thanks. See you all soon...

    November 26, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    There will be a sign in sheet on Thursday morning at the park. Again, please don't show up without RSVP. This is event is FULL! Sorry, please try my future hiking event...

    November 26, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Just a finally call if you can't make it to this Thursday's hiking event, please kindly change your RSVP to "NO," so that I can have a true headcount, maybe space for people who wants a spot. Otherwise, I am looking forward meeting you all for a fun day again...Thanks. =)

    November 26, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Just a note that this is 3.5 hour hike without restroom, it maybe tough for some people, so please take this as a consideration for this hike. There is no group lunch plan after hiking. Due to Thanksgiving holiday, most business will be closed on Thursday, so, please make sure you bring your lunch/snack and enough water for maintaining energy...

    November 20, 2013

  • Ann

    hey yuchao and alex, should we carpool again? if so, where should we meet? i think it is my turn to drive. this place is more south so we can meet closer to your guys (in sunnyvale or santa clara) if you still want to carpool.

    November 17, 2013

    • Alex L.

      Yuchao, you have to tell us where to meet. And Ann, is your car big enough for 4 or 5 people, if Zhiyong wants a ride?

      November 20, 2013

    • Yuchao

      Hi Alex, I will send you an email about my address. I don't want to post it online. Also to Zhiyong if he joins the carpool

      November 20, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    I was at Mount Hermon area last weekend for a retreat, where we are heading for hiking this coming thanksgiving thursday. I think you will like this upcoming hike for sure, looking forward...

    November 18, 2013

  • Lily

    Yes. I do:)

    November 11, 2013

  • Liya S.

    Anyone wants to car pool from 99 Ranch Market at Mountain View @ 8:45am?

    November 11, 2013

  • Lily

    Should we carpool at the Milpitas Square?

    November 5, 2013

    • Yvonne C.

      Yes, see detail info just updated.

      November 5, 2013

    • Lily

      Great! Thanks a lot Yvonne!

      November 5, 2013

  • Lily

    Yes. Love to join you again!

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Yvonne C.

    Just need some exercise before eating Turkey, hope to see you there :P

    November 4, 2013

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