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Branciforte Creek Trail Hike

DeLaveaga Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Branciforte Creek Trail Hike

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  • Branceforte Creek Trailhead near the restrooms.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek and La Corona trailhead.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • View of some sports fields from the Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Look out for landslides in the area.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Redwood trees along the Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • The Branceforte Creek Trail is a dog friendly hike.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • Branceforte Creek Trail meets La Corona Trail.- Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
  • - Branciforte Creek Trail Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Quick, easy hike.
Cons: 
Slippery when wet.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
130.00 ft (39.62 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Total Distance: 
0.60 mi (0.97 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
70.00 ft (21.34 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Branceforte Creek Trail is a quick dog-friendly hike that takes you near the Top Of The World at DeLaveaga Park. The trailhead starts at the stairs near the restrooms at the main lower parking lot. Heading left from the trailhead takes you down the Branceforte Creek Trail, and heading right will take you to the start of the La Corona Trail.

The Branceforte Creek Trail terminates about three-quarters of the way up La Corona Trail, so they can be hiked in conjunction to make a loop. Finishing La Corona will take you to the Top Of The World, where a 27-hole Disk Golf course can also be found.

This trail is mostly easy going as it cuts through patches of pine, oak, and redwood trees. Small glimpses of Branceforte Creek can be seen through the brush in the lower lying areas. Landslides are possible during rainy times of the year, and trails throughout the park can become muddy and slick, so use caution. Hikers and bike riders both utilize the trails in DeLaveaga Park, so keep an ear out for oncoming traffic.

The last third of the hike is a series of switchbacks that ascend quickly and eventually connect to La Corona Trail. A few viewpoints of the surrounding park can be found just before the trail ends. Continue uphill to reach the Top Of The World, or head down La Corona to complete the loop.

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