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Swanson Creek Trail

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A short trail along Swanson Creek that visits two waterfalls.


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0.3

Miles

0.5

KM

76%

Runnable

1,175' 358 m

High

979' 298 m

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Up

196' 60 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Open 8 a.m. to sunset.

Reservations required on the weekend due to limited parking and traffic on a one lane road. See the park website for up to date information on how to get a reservation. sccgov.org/sites/parks/park…

Description

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.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, moss, and other dense creekside vegetation in this heavily wooded area.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Granuja Falls along Swanson Creek.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA
Swanson Creek cascades over moss covered rocks along Swanson Creek Trail.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA
Lower Falls along Swanson Creek just before it empties into Uvas Creek, as seen from the end of Swanson Creek Trail.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA
Nearby Santa Cruz Mountains to the northwest, seen from Alec Canyon Trail as it climbs steep switchbacks at the beginning.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA

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