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Nibbs Knob, Waterfall Loop, Contour Trail and Triple Falls

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Uvas Canyon County Park

Nibbs Knob, Waterfall Loop, Contour Trail and Triple Falls is a 8.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Morgan Hill, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 2,490 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Fee
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NOTE: Reservations are required for day use until further notice. All day use not just vehicles require a reservation. Please go to www.gooutsideandplay.org​ or call 408-355-2201 to make your reservation.​ This route follows beautiful forested paths through Uvas Canyon County Park. The first point of interest is Nibbs Knob, where you will have incredible views rewarding the only climb on this route. After descending, you will wind through the Waterfall and Contour Trails to a beautiful bench with a view and finally Triple Falls. This area is remote, yet very accessible, making it feel as if you are somewhere far away.

The road to Uvas Canyon leads through the small resort of Sveadal -- be very careful here, as you may have to yield to oncoming traffic, while watching for resort visitors. Uvas Canyon can be quite cold first thing in the morning: you'll want some insulation at first, but the hike will warm you up quickly, so you'll be peeling off layers in short order. Watch for poison oak on narrow sections of trail. What to bring: Water/snacks Layers Camera (and tripod if you have one) Trail map from sign board in parking lot

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Kelly Cavolo
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Lewis Thompson
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In late October. Very minimal water so expectedly less exciting. Nice trail but with the exception of the middle section it is all fairly wide gravel fire roads.

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Kellie Christensen
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Great trail to take the littles. not much water this time of year.

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Mary Johnson
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Very pretty trail along creeksides, there was water even though it was end of summer. Mostly shady. There were a lot of screaming kids but maybe that was bad luck.

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Jeffrey Ju
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Most of the water falls disappear in Oct. Maybe the Spring will be better.

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Jane Yu
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Most parts of the trail are in shade and near the creek so it’s very pleasant to hike, except the peak of nibbs knob. We were there right at noon and decided it’s way too hot and steep to top that hill. This entire trail is like a depth first search of the entire park. It will cover all parts of this mountain

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Yijie Zhao
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A lot of good views and shades.

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JT Huang
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Alex Saephan
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Did waterfall loop first cause it was 102 degrees out today. That was pleasant. Hiked Nibbs knob right after and that trail can bring you to the grave(especially when it’s as hot out as when I did it), but it’s super satisfying knowing you conquered a climb like that. Heard plenty of rattlesnakes on waterfall loop and was surprised by a snake on Nibbs knob which helped bring me back to life during the exhausting climb. Good luck. Be great.

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Lisa Tran
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Skip nibbs knob - it is HARD and the second half is steep with no shade.

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Katrina Hirsch
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Would come again. Bring bug spray! Get a reservation before you come as well

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Giridhar Raman
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The waterfall hike would have been good after rain or in winter/spring. Water levels are very very low, so no views. It is also very dry. Bring lot of water.

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talita Mo
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Really enjoyed the views and water but wouldn’t call it my favorite

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Deyanira Hernandez
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David Lake
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Great hike! It’s a combination of 2 different trails. Nibbs Knob is a beast of a hike, and it starts right away straight up. It’s almost 2000 ft climb in 2 miles. It’s a out and back 4 miles total. There is a bench at the top which is a nice place to rest. The first half is mostly in shade and the last 1/2 to the top is about 25% in the shade. Bring LOTs of water, you’ll need it. Then the 2nd part of the trail is a loop along the waterfalls. If you want a nice hike, then skip Nibbs Knob and just do the 4 mile waterfall loop. There were quite a few bugs along the trails, so bring some bug spray. Also because you sweat so much, bring extra sunscreen to reapply later.

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Yasmin Karimi
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The first part of this trail (up to Nibbs Knob peak) was miserable. It was incredibly steep, swarming with bugs and parts of the trail had no shade. To top it off, the views were not impressive. I regretted this hike as I was getting eaten alive by bugs despite my bug spray. I kept thinking I would be rewarded with some spectacular view- didn't happen. After a grueling trek, all there is at the top is a picnic table with mediocre views. The second part of this hike (the loop trail) is beautiful! Small waterfalls, rocks to scurry over and a nice shaded trail. Highly recommend this loop, give yourself extra time to stop along the way to dip into the creek =) Overall, I think there are much better Bay area hikes (and ones with free parking and don't require advance reservations). Nothing truly unique or mesmerizing about Uvas canyon, but a fun place for a day trip. To summarize, I recommend: - skip the uphill to Nibbs Knob - definitely do the loop trail - bring your own water (water is not available currently due to Covid) - reserve parking ($6/car) well ahead of time- up to 2 months early for weekends.

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Laila Hashimi
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It’s a beautiful trail with lots of shade and the bathrooms are very clean .. need parking pass lots of small waterfalls .. make sure take bugs spray lots of it .. there is lots of uphills ..

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Mary Siharath
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This trail was rough the first 2 miles with straight incline/elevation gain. What everyone said, this is a 2 in 1 trail. I hiked counter clockwise doing the hard trail first. There wasn’t much to see at the end of the out and back. I was a lot slower because of the loose rocky scrambles. The second half of the trail was nice walking along the creek with mini waterfalls, and then another out and back. Overall, I considered this trail a mixture of hard/moderate. It took us about 3.5 hours to finish this trail. You’ll have to reserve 2-3 weeks in advance in the Uvas County Park website to hike here. Enjoy!

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Koko Sipraseuth
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A shady trail lined with little waterfall after little waterfall. It’s beautiful and the sound of the stream is so calming. Knib’s Cob trail is quite the workout, it’s pretty steep, and at the top there isn’t much of a view. At the time I went, Triple Falls didn’t have much water, so it wasn’t that impressive. But nonetheless it was a great hike and recommended!

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Vishnu M
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Nice trail. Nibbs trail is very steep but it has some great views. Waterfall loop is beautiful but I expected the falls to be bigger. Overall it’s a great hiking place.

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Kshitij Patil
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Anna Green
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Great hike - it’s basically 2 hikes put together. Lovely views on both - the waterfalls are really nice. Went at 10 and saw very few people. By the afternoon there were surprisingly big groups. Lots of up and down. Need a reservation to park.

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Matt R
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5/22/2020 Hike/Run: What a cool place. Great mix of scenery and challenging hill climbs. I started out by climbing up to Nibbs Knob. It's a pretty strenuous climb; about 1500 ft in less than 2 miles. There's a picnic table about half-way up if you need to take a break. And then there's a picnic table at the knob itself. I was surprised how wooded it is. You could look toward the north, but that was about it. If you're there for the waterfalls, you can skip it and not miss anything. There's so many different waterfalls to explore - you could spend all day here. Along the way, I took a detour up to the Knobcone trail (which is also pretty steep) and found a geocache at the top. There's a picnic table there too if you want to take a break. That trail only goes about half as far up the hill as the map indicates. After going by more and more waterfalls, the Contour Trail loops you back towards the entrance. This trail is a great single track and I jogged most of it. Make sure you check out Triple Falls before heading back to the parking lot. The traffic was really thin on the southern end of the park. That waterfall is taller and doesn't have as much water flow as the others. I also went down the Alec Canyon trail. It ended much earlier than the map shows. There was a picnic table at the end, but not much going on down that way. Ended up with almost 12 miles with all the side trips.

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Virginia Reed
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