Cait explaining the Healthy Trails program and describing the hike
Start of the hike
Group at the Swanson Creek Bridge, where the creek goes under the main
Start of the Waterfall Loop Trail off the main park road leading to the
Climbing up the stairs below Granuja Falls
Crossing the bridge below Granuja Falls
Looking at ladybugs on the trail marker
On the bridge below the small dam
Small dam on Swanson Creek
Looking at the trees above the trail. The trail on the north side of
the creek is a wide service road.
Hiking by the fern-covered hill
Looking at seeds and a leaf covered with ladybugs
Ladybugs on a bridge rail
On the bridge below Lower Black Rock Falls
Lower Black Rock Falls
Upper Black Rock Falls
On the trail above the bridge to the south side of the Waterfall Loop
At the bottom of Upper Falls
Taking pictures of Upper Falls
View of Upper Falls from the creek below it
Heading up the start of the
Countour Trail to the top of Upper Falls. The signs warns that the
trail crossing of the creek may be impassable in wet weather, as there
is no bridge over the creek, and the creek has to be forded.
View of Upper Falls from the top
On the trail at the top of Upper
Falls. The Countour Trail continues along Swanson Creek. It crosses
Swanson Creek and follows along the countours of the hillside until it
hits the Alec Canyon Trail. Part of the group continued on the Countour
Trail, while others went back down the Waterfall Loop Trail. Near Upper
Falls is a short trail to Basin Falls.
Creek below Basin Falls
Heading up to Basin Falls. The best view is on the other side of the
Near the Basin Falls Trail is the
Knobcone Point Trail. This is a very steep 1/2-mile trail that climbs
out of the canyon to the top of a ridge. As the trail climbs higher, it
affords views of the surrounding hills and mountains. The next
few pictures were taken from that trail.
View east towards the hills and mountains east of San Martin
View south towards the steep hillsides above Swanson Creek
View east looking down the steep, rocky trail
Madrone tree along the trail
View north along the ridgetop of the Santa Cruz Mountains, showing fire
View of the Knibbs Knob Trail on
the ridge to the northwest. The Knibbs Knob Trail is another steep
trail that starts at the campground and ends at the summit of the Santa
Cruz Mountains on Summit Road.
Back to the Waterfall Loop Trail:
Trail leading down to the trail bridge
Bridge leading to the south side of the Waterfall Loop Trail
Small falls on Swanson Creek
The trail on the south side is a narrow dirt footpath that runs just
above the creek.
Small falls and cascade on Swanson Creek
The trail crosses over Swanson Creek twice on 2 successive bridges.
One more bridge over the creek at the end of the south side trail
Bridge and stairs leading back to the north side of the Waterfall Loop
Small creek cascading down the hill south of Swanson Creek
View of Granuja Falls and the bridge below it
The trail head just past the end of the parking lot by the Black Oak
Group Picnic Area
The pictures below are of the
Lower Swanson Creek Trail. This trail begins where Swanson Creek goes
under the main park road (see above). It ends at Uvas Creek. There is a
short connector trail leading down to it from the picnic area north of
the main parking lot and restroom.
The trail leaves Swanson Creek just before the creek tumbles over a
The trail leads through a field of moss-covered rocks.
The trail leads along a steep hillside, then down a flight of stairs.
The trail leads to the confluence of Swanson Creek (left) and Uvas
This is Uvas Creek. The Uvas Creek Trail leads along the creek to the
Looking up Swanson Creek towards a waterfall, which is not shown on the
Closeup of the unnamed waterfall on Swanson Creek.
Page created by Ron Horii,
volunteer County Parks photographer,