Saturday, 2 January 2016

Uvas Canyon County Park near Morgan Hill

Our first hike of 2016 was to Uvas Canyon County Park in the Santa Clara County Parks system, west of Morgan Hill. After turning off 101, the drive in is lovely. The last half mile is through a private Swedish community called Sveadal. Drive really slow here - the road is very narrow. The entrance to the park has a self-service kiosk - $6 for a day pass. Take change or a Visa/Mastercard credit card - American Express is not accepted. The park has clean restrooms and lots of picnic tables. We had timed our visit to start with lunch, so we stopped at one of the tables and had a picnic before starting.


The trail is lovely, wet and green - and with the current El Nino weather, the creek was flowing and there were waterfalls everywhere!


We strayed off the main Waterfall Trail once to follow a small route up where we got to see this:


We turned around at the Upper Falls:


and passed Little Falls on the way back:


We took the Swanton Creek trail for a while, walking toward the Lower Falls but a tree fall had closed the trail. As you can see from the photos though, there was water everywhere! 

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