Uvas Canyon Waterfalls

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Uvas Canyon Waterfalls is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Morgan Hill, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,490 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

bird watching

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

Please note: You must have a reservation to access the park on the weekends. Parking is $6. It is possible to pay by credit card or cash using the automated machine at the entrance. Make your reservation at http://gooutsideandplay.org/reservations/product.asp

hiking
1 day ago

Hiked on July 20, 2019. Since the trail map includes the Nibbs Knob Trail also, it should be actually rated as hard. We did the water falls loop first and then completed the Nibbs Knob Trail. The water falls loop was moderate but the Nibbs Knob Trail was extremely strenuous. Except the last half of the Nibbs Knob Trail, rest of the trails were shaded. Great panoramic view at the last half of the Nibbs Knob Trail but we were already exhausted by then to enjoy any view. I would do the Nibbs Knob Trail first if I knew it. Almost ran out of water. Take plenty of water if you’re planning to do Nibbs Knob Trail also. By the way, no reservation option was there online. Went without it around 7:30 AM and was fine. Website says reservation is needed from January to June and then depending on visitors traffic. I would still recommend checking the website before going.

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no shade
rocky
7 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Great for the family! Very clean. Loved the water falls and big shady trees. I would suggest shoes with traction and walking sticks for older family members. Don't forget your camera!

hiking
28 days ago

We completed parts of this trail last week. We skipped the hike to knibs knobb and did the rest of loop. It is really nice and shaded for most parts of the trail. It's quite cool because of the water flowing. We also saw a few deers grazing. Not a lot of people as we started hiking early on Saturday morning ~9am. Be sure to grab a $6 parking permit from the uvas canyon website.

hiking
29 days ago

Not bad! Too many people for my liking. Also summer was way too hot! I’ll go back in winter for sure. Pretty though!

1 month ago

It's one of our favorite trail. We visited in March sew the whole forest were covered by the green moss and fresh green. Park rangers are always helpful to tell you which trail will be right for you. And bathrooms are clean.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful and well worth the $6 for day use. Started out just doing the waterfall loop and then went on to the other trails; Knobcone, Contour and Alec trails. Plenty of wildlife to be seen and the butterflies were all over the place which was amazing. You can hear sounds of the creek almost throughout the entire hike and plenty of fragrance from flowering trees and shrubs. Definitely glad I went to check this place out.

hiking
2 months ago

This is definitely a perfect place to see small waterfalls.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Great hike. Maybe it was Mother’s Day, there were plenty of laughters and giggling from kids along the main creek. The main loop is an easy hike, lots of picture opportunities crisscrossing the creek right next to water. There are also the less travelled trails that can be rated as moderate as there were a few steep climbs - for those who want a slight challenge. As with any shaded wet natural areas, bring bug sprays - plenty of flying insects around.

hiking
2 months ago

lots of waterfalls

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is not close to 10 miles but the waterfall loop is around 4-5 miles and it’s gorgeous!! Note YOU NEED A DAY PASS TO ENTER. You have to make a reservation online the night before or earlier for the weekend. Lots of shade and in March 2019 after all the rains, the waterfalls are rushing. Magical hike.

4 months ago

gorgeous, amazing hike my 9 year old and I where able to hike all the trails. it was wet winter this year so the water falls looked spectacular.

hiking
4 months ago

Rainy Winter makes big waterfalls. Need to buy parking pass ahead of time. No passes sold at entrance.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

zz

hiking
5 months ago

Such a good hike!! I did the stream trail loop with my dogs first thing at 8 am. Lightly trafficked at that time. Get an online parking permit for $6 the night before. They’ll have your name on file. The trail was shaded and the waterfalls were roaring after 3 weeks of rain. It was nice and cool in the morning. The trail wasn’t muddy, there were some brief stairs and inclines, but it’s all relatively easy. I have never seen SO MANY WATERFALLS on the first mile of a trail. There were 8 or 9 small to 10 foot waterfalls. Once you make the ascent away from the stream, halfway up the loop, you hit a more remote area with occasional views of the valley. I highly recommend this gem in South Bay!

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muddy
5 months ago

5 months ago

Beautiful! Great place to hike . I went today 2-11-19 So many different trails to waterfalls .. you don’t need to reservation

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muddy
rocky
6 months ago

Great trail to take the dogs. Right now is a great time to see the full river and many waterfalls. Trail is rocky, muddy and mostly uphill, but manageable for the short distance. Wear good hiking boots! Be prepared to cross through some water and rocks to get across the river. I definitely recommend this hike for the winter and spring time.

hiking
10 months ago

Went in summer so it was 90° hot and the waterfalls were quite lacking in water.

10 months ago

Was there early September 2018 and there was no waterfall at the triple fall. It was all dried up. Overall, the hike was fairly easy.

hiking
11 months ago

Is only 4 miles hike, but steep. Very nice. Will be back springtime when the falls are fuller.

Monday, July 16, 2018

The waterfall trail is absolutely gorgeous.

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Multiple waterfalls, lots of shade, dog-friendly, easy loop, not crowded: what's not to like? No permit was required for hiking as this was after 6/30.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

a gorgeous hike that is easy enough for little kids.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Went at 11am on a Friday. No issue with Parking and no reservation. Easy 4 mile loop.

hiking
Monday, April 30, 2018

Drove up sunday, and A RESERVATION IS REQUIRED FOR HIKING, the reservation has to be made at least the night before. NO SAME DAY RESERVATIONS. Long drive, to have to turn around and drive out. Very disapointing.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

haven't done this hike, but a RESERVATION is required to HIKE on the weekend. way too many other options in the Bay Area. the good news is that the road is open again

hiking
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Great hike for kids-- it's reopened and very easy to call and pay for $6 permit-- we had to print it out. We went up and made it a harder loop and came down the waterfall trail, well worth the extra work.

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