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Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail

Uvas Canyon County Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail

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  • Information kiosk and trailhead for Waterfall Loop.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • The junction of Waterfall Loop and Alec Canyon Trail.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Concrete water tank along Alec Canyon Trail.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Shady path along the Alec Canyon Trail.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Steep Switchbacks along the Alec Canyon Trail.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Open and sunny section of the trail.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Seat with an awesome view at Manzanita Point.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • View from the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Central Valley.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Trail from Manzanita Point.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Alec Canyon and Triple Falls trails are both dog friendly.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Path to Triple Falls.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Shaded hike toward the Old Logging Camp area.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • End of the trail picnic area.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
  • Pile of boulders at the trail's end.- Alec Canyon + Triple Falls Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Dog friendly. Water at the trailhead.
Cons: 
Low water flows.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.60 mi (5.79 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Alec Canyon Trail is a 3.2-mile there-and-back hike with an optional trip to Triple Falls for an additional 0.4 miles. This is a steep and moderately strenuous hike on an old logging road. Along the way you can look forward to some great views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Central Valley. 

From the informational kiosk near the Waterfall Loop Trailhead it's just a short distance to the beginning of the Alec Canyon Trail. Heading left at this junction, there are a series of steep switchbacks that quickly rise 400 feet in elevation. The trail breaks out of the tree canopy and levels off briefly where Manzanita Point is located. A viewing bench can be found if you wish to rest and appreciate this beautiful landscape. 

Continuing on, the trail descends back down and into the cover of the trees. At this point you can choose to take the 0.4-mile trail to Triple Falls. Water may or may not be flowing down these falls, as it is dependent on the seasonal water runoff of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It is still a worthwhile trip, however, as it is a short, moderate hike with plenty of shade. 

Once you are back on Alec Canyon, it is a short distance to the end of the trail. If you're itching for more hiking, the Contour Falls Trail and the Waterfall Loop connect to this trail. 

 

 

 

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