Posted today at www.mercurynews.com
Uvas Canyon County Park inspires hikers to pray for rain.
Mountain springs keep a trickle of water running down the park’s steep canyons most of the year, but the rainy season turns the park into a waterfall wonderland. Best time to go: a couple days after a major storm system soaks the South Bay for three or four days.
The park at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Morgan Hill has easy trails for waterfall watchers and challenging climbs up the sides of the canyon – almost all of it shaded by a dense tree canopy. Hardly anybody ventures off the main waterfall-viewing trails, which almost guarantees quiet forest solitude on the less-trodden paths.
Accounts of my Uvas hikes here. Uvas pictures at Flickr.com here.
Never been down to Uvas. Thinking of a trip as soon as these rains let up.
John: I’d love to know how it’s possible to hike from Uvas to Mount Madonna — Summit Road goes that way but I don’t think I’d try to walk it without an Infantry squad to provide covering fire.