Waterfall Loop

Uvas Canyon County Park

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Waterfall Loop


  • Trailhead for Waterfall Loop.- Waterfall Loop
  • Alec Canyon Trail connection.- Waterfall Loop
  • Easy hiking on the Waterfall Loop.- Waterfall Loop
  • One of many bridges on this trail.- Waterfall Loop
  • Granuja Falls on the Waterfall Loop.- Waterfall Loop
  • A natural spring along the Waterfall Loop.- Waterfall Loop
  • Hiking along the Waterfall Loop.- Waterfall Loop
  • Waterfall Loop is a dog-friendly hike.- Waterfall Loop
  • Waterfall Loop.- Waterfall Loop
  • Scenery along the Waterfall Loop.- Waterfall Loop
  • Many small falls along Swanton Creek.- Waterfall Loop
  • The trail includes several informative areas for a self-guided tour.- Waterfall Loop
Overview + Weather
Short and beautiful hike. Water at the trailhead.
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
150.00 ft (45.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.10 mi (1.77 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,100.00 ft (335.28 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Waterfall Loop is a short hike through the lower section of Uvas Canyon. Water runoff from the Santa Cruz Mountains that flows into Swanton Creek has shaped this landscape, and many rocky creek beds support a variety of plant and wildlife. Waterfall Loop gets its name from the hundreds of tiny waterfalls along the downstream course. Many bridges have been built along this trail to traverse this creek and unsafe walking areas of the canyon. 

This is an easy-going hike with minimal elevation change. Along the way, take time to check out the self guided nature tour. A brochure explaining the various flora on this tour can be found in the informational kiosk near the trailhead. This trail is under the canopy of over five different tree species, which keeps this area cool in the Central Valley heat. 

This is a short but sweet hiking adventure with trail connections to Contour Falls and Alec Canyon. Water can be found at many of the picnic sites near the trailhead. Leashed dogs are welcome on all trails in Uvas Canyon County Park.

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