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Uvas Canyon Waterfall Hike

Morgan Hill, California

based on 11 reviews



1.5 miles

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Added by Pascual Dutton

Short hike to see the park's amazing waterfalls and closely located to a campground and picnic sites if you want to extend your stay. These springfed falls operate year round, but are most prominent during the rainy months.

Uvas Canyon offers up to 6-miles of hiking trails, which includes a 1.5 mile loop, which runs along Swanson Creek and passes many of the park's waterfalls. To take short loop, head North out of the parking lot to the Swanson Creek Trail. Once you find Swanson Creek Trail, you'll be on the Waterfall Loop trail and will take this past more than a few sets of falls before returning to the car.

Looking for something a little longer? After parking your car, head toward waterfall loop. As you see the loop starting off to the right, remain on Alec Canyon Trail. Take this trail until you reach Contour Trail and head to the right on Contour. Keep an eye out as Contour Trail is very narrow. Once you hit Swanson Creek, take a second to catch you breath and keep an eye out for where the trail crosses the stream. After crossing the stream, head uphill toward Basin Falls. You can take a quick hike up the path to enjoy the falls. Once you're back, continue on Waterfall Loop Fire Road. Stay on this road as it's wider and more stable than the Waterfall Loop Trail. This trail will return you to your car. This option creates a little over a 3-mile hike.

Looking to make a day of it after the hike? Head to Loma Prieta Winery to enjoy a glass and the view.

Photo: the_tahoe_guy

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Uvas Canyon Waterfall Hike Reviews

Waterfalls are flowing nicely during the Spring. Summer... not so much. Easy to hike, not too crowded.

It was our first time coming here & it was such a gorgeous hike! Pretty challenging, wouldn't recommend for beginners, but the Waterfall Loop Trail was amazing because the whole trail is streams & waterfalls! The Contour Trail was a nice view too seeing the mountain tops overlooking everything.

Skunks. Poison Oak. And traffic. Not worth the drive

A great family friendly and dog friendly hike. Nice views and a good workout. Has some nice areas along the stream and waterfalls to let your dog swim and play in the water.

This was a super fun short hike. The scenery was so magical like it was something out of the lord of the rings.

Light hike that was great for the whole family. Bring a lunch and enjoy the beauty!!

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