Upper Falls, California

Upper Falls in November 2010

Almost one year ago, I first mentioned my visit to Uvas Canyon County Park. You can check up on that in the post about Granuja Falls. I was a little bit disappointed by the park and its falls, though that could have been due to the time of year and the water levels. Portions of trails were closed. There wasn’t much water flowing, but oh well.

So it seems odd that Upper Falls was apparently the highlight of that visit. If you take a look at the photo, there isn’t a significant amount of water flowing. It was an enjoyable November day, though. I also remember looking at the falls from “afar”. In relative terms, you’re still pretty close to the falls, but they’ve put a fence in place that prevents you from getting closer. In some ways, I don’t mind, as I think we humans shouldn’t be allowed to climb over everything just because we want to. At the same time, it led to a more difficult time getting pictures. Again…oh well! In summary, maybe check the falls after a heavy rain. You might be more impressed then.

Directions:

  1. Well, all I really remember is typing in the crossing/intersection of Uvas Road and Croy Road on my GPS. It’s in the area of Tennant, at least my GPS accepted that as the city where those roads were found.
  2. After getting to that intersection with my helpful GPS, turn left onto Croy Road, and head down that road to the very end. You’ll pass through a private area, though you’ll be OK. At the very end, there is the self-pay area, and then the parking area.
  3. At the parking area, head out on the Waterfall Loop. Upper Falls is at the end of the loop, if I remember correctly.

Accessibility: 7/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 10′
Length of Hike: 1 mile round-trip

Where in the World is Upper Falls?

Granuja Falls, California

I always try to give at least some attention to the smaller, often ignored waterfalls that are overshadowed by their larger counterparts, but Granuja Falls is pushing the limits.  I’m surprised somebody even gave this drop a name…Maybe in Florida, this would be significant, but here in California, I’m not so sure.

When visiting the area on a very short trip in November 2010, I first stopped at the very scenic and photogenic McWay Falls. On the way back to the San Francisco Airport, I decided to stop by Uvas Canyon County Park, which is somewhat out of the way…and I wish I could say well worth it, but it really wasn’t.

I paid to enter the park (though I do give credit for actually having a self-service credit card machine in 2010). It was later in the day, though the sun was still out. Half of the trails seem to be closed, if I remember correctly, one of them due to bees! Not that it really mattered. There was so little water over some of these falls. I’m guessing they are probably more impressive when it rains, but it clearly had not recently. Granuja Falls, which is just off of one of the main trails, is pretty easy to miss. There are two “drops”, though it’s hard to see the 2nd drop since somebody is in the picture taking a photograph of it. Oh well, it was a beautiful day and the trees were changing colors, but it was a disappointing visit.

Directions:

  1. Well, all I really remember is typing in the crossing/intersection of Uvas Road and Croy Road. It’s in the area of Tennant, at least my GPS accepted that as the city where those roads were found.
  2. After getting to that intersection with my helpful GPS, turn left onto Croy Road, and head down that road to the very end. You’ll pass through a private area, though you’ll be OK. At the very end, there is the self-pay area, and then the parking area.
  3. At the parking area, head out on the Waterfall Loop. At one point very near the beginning of the trail, you may see a bridge leading over a little creek on a side loop. That’s where Granuja Falls can be found.  It’s sort of easy to miss.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: 0.5 miles round-trip

Granuja Falls in November 2010

Where in the World is Granuja Falls?