Monday, December 30, 2013

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Eighteen
Uvas Canyon County Park

Swanson Creek, in beautiful Uvas Canyon County Park

What it's like:
Slightly more than 3 miles through a quiet forest, with waterfalls along the way.

Why now:
I was holding this hike back until it rained, but it's starting to feel like it will never rain again, so why wait. This hike is lovely even when the waterfalls aren't rushing. In fact, I've always preferred the forest to the falls here.

If you can't make it this week:
Nice year round. Go in the summer and pitch your tent at the park's campground.

Insider tip:
From most parts of the Bay Area it takes a good long time to reach Uvas, so get an early start. Stretch this hike by adding on the out-and-back spurs to Knibbs Knob or Knobcone Point, but note that those trails are steep.

Uvas is hike number 55 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition)Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve has become best know for the human-made labyrinths constructed through the park, but it's also a great place to learn about local geology. I'm taking my son to Sibley this week, for a nice easy 2.6 mile hike. Maybe we'll see you there? 

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