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Knobcone Trail

Intermediate
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This trail climbs a forested, steep-sided ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains of Uvas Canyon County Park.


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0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

55%

Runnable

1,898' 578 m

High

1,513' 461 m

Low

385' 117 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

18%

Avg Grade (10°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Open 8am 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

Knobcone Trail can be found from Waterfall Loop Road and/or Waterfall Loop Nature Trail. After taking either of these trails for about a half mile, at the Myrtle Flats picnic table on the left, continue straight to get to Knobcone Trail. Do not make the U-turn around the picnic table. After passing the picnic table, almost immediately, a sign pointing the way to Knobcone Point appears. Follow it and go right onto Knobcone Trail.

Knobcone Trail climbs up out of the steep-sided Swanson Creek Valley. The climb is tackled over five switchbacks on a wide trail. It is predominantly a forest trail, but the types of vegetation change as it goes up. There are a few good viewing points of the surrounding Santa Cruz Mountains where the trees thin, especially at the switchback turns. After turning the fifth switchback, a picnic table appears and the trail ends.

Flora & Fauna

This trail has a wide variety of vegetation as the trail climbs. It starts off in dense, lush creekside vegetation and climbs into slightly drier, brushier vegetation.

Contacts

Land Manager: Santa Clara County Parks

Shared By:

Joan Pendleton

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Photos

Upper Falls.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA
Black Rock Falls is found on a side spur of Waterfall Loop Trail.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA
The Diablo Range in the far distance across Santa Clara Valley, comes into view beyond Santa Cruz Mountains as one climbs Knobcone Trail.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA
Forested ridge on the far side of the deep Swanson Creek Valley, seen from Knobcone Trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA
Uvas Canyon California Fuschia blooming along the trail to Black Rock Falls.
Apr 18, 2018 near Day Valley, CA

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