Swanson Creek Trail
starts from Waterfall Loop Road
which is really a trail. From the parking area, take the park road towards the campground. Watch carefully for a sign for Waterfall Loop Trail
on the left, indicating the Waterfall Loop Road
trailhead. If while you are on the park road, you go over Swanson Creek on a bridge, you went too far. Going left at the Waterfall Loop Trail
sign from the park road, take Waterfall Loop Road
for 0.1 miles, going past the Alec Canyon Trail
junction to an unmarked trail junction on the right. This unmarked trail junction is the beginning of Swanson Creek Trail
Turning right onto Swanson Creek Trail
, the trail descends to Swanson Creek and crosses the creek on a sturdy bridge. The first waterfall, Granuja Falls is here at this creek crossing. After crossing Swanson Creek, the trail turns right and goes down a set of stairs, and then onto a wide dirt path that runs along Swanson Creek.
Very shortly after this, Swanson Creek Trail
reaches the paved park road. Go right onto the park road to cross over Swanson Creek again. Immediately after crossing Swanson Creek on the paved road, turn left and go down another set of stairs. At the bottom of these stairs, turn right to continue on Swanson Creek Trail
From here, Swanson Creek Trail
runs along Swanson Creek, following it downstream as it cascades over moss covered boulders. This is a densely wooded trail with lush creekside vegetation. About a tenth of a mile past the last set of stairs, the trail starts to move slightly away from Swanson Creek. Then after about another tenth of a mile, the trail veers left, back towards Swanson Creek, descends a couple of switchbacks, and Uvas Creek is now right there to the right of the trail. Going around a bend to the left, Swanson Creek and Lower Falls come into view. Swanson Creek empties into Uvas Creek here, and the trail ends without crossing either creek.
Ferns, moss, and other dense creekside vegetation in this heavily wooded area.