Fall Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 854' 260 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 1,186' 362 m
Low: 361' 110 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)
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“This is a great tree-covered trail next to creeks that run year-round.”— Greg S
Family Friendly Tons of kids on trails and playing in the creeks!
From Fall Creek Trail's junction with Bennett Creek Trail, to its end at Big Ben Trail, you'll see small waterfalls that are scattered along Fall Creek. Additionally, you encounter ruins of an old barrel making mill that has signage explaining how it was used.
The trail itself is relatively smooth but some areas have exposed roots and rocks so wear good hiking shoes. One area, known as "The Beach", has a couple logs that you have to hike on to get over the creek. You cross back and forth over the creek five times on small foot bridges.
Fall Creek and Fall Creek Trail run in a deep, steep sided valley. Redwood trees abound and the vegetation is dense, with a lot of ferns along the creek. This area gets a lot of rain, and with all the water comes erosion of the steep hillsides. There are many downed trees where their roots just did not hold up with the erosion and soft wet soils.
Birds, squirrels, Banana slugs, centi/millipedes, fish in creek, and some pet goldfish in an old watering tank used during the lime kiln days.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Santa Cruz District