Lisa Krieger’s monthly Wanderlust column covers a few of the usual suspects, waterfallwise, in the South Bay. I hadn’t heard of this one on the Peninsula, though:
On the San Mateo coast, Brooks Falls in San Pedro Valley County Park is the closest waterfall to the northern peninsula. The narrow plume of water drops 175 feet in a three-tiered silver ribbon to the valley floor, according to ranger Doug Heisinger.
Although you can’t get close to the falls and vegetation conceals what was once a glorious scene, a bench overlooking Brooks Falls requires only 1.6 miles of hiking. For the best view, start on the Old Trout Farm Trail, which passes the remnants of a trout farm washed out by a 1962 flood. Connect to the Brooks Creek Trail and climb to the overlook.
The hike around the Brooks Creek canyon can be made into an easy 3.5-mile loop that provides numerous views of the waterfall and also of the ocean. The watershed provides a valuable steelhead spawning ground.
Contact: San Pedro Valley County Park at (650) 355-8289 or go to www.co.sanmateo.ca.us.
Lisa also notes there’s a breeding pair of bald eagles nesting in a transmission tower overlooking Calaveras Reservoir.
Speaking of watery hikes, Gambolin’ Man just posted a Marin County hike he did awhile back.