Photos and historical notes about Stevens Creek
Stevens Creek Software is named after Stevens Creek, which in turn is named after Elisha Stephens (yes, with a "ph"). Stephens was the leader of the very first party of pioneers who successfully brought their wagon party over the Sierra Nevada mountains, in 1844 (the ill-fated and as a result more famous Donner party was attempting to follow in the footsteps of the Stephens party). Remarkably, the Stephens party of 50 people not only made their way west to California without a single lost life, but even arrived as 52 people, with 2 babies born on the way!
Stevens Creek drains the eastern slope of the Santa Cruz mountains. Its headwaters are located near Montebello Open Space Preserve, on the northern flank of Black Mountain. It makes its way down Stevens Canyon, along which also runs the San Andreas fault. Coming out of the mountains, it passes through Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Mountain View on its way to San Francisco Bay. Significantly, it is one of the only remaining largely unchannelized (i.e., natural) creeks remaining in the South Bay area. For a report on a "birdathon" expedition which walked the length of the creek in two days, surveying the birds seen and heard alon the entire corridor, click here.
An aerial view of the creek appears at the left.
Here are some views of the creek:
Table Mtn Trail crosses the creek at this spot.
And this is the view upstream.
Just uphill from the Table Mtn Trail crossing, a stream
A half-mile upstream, another stream flows into the
Look up that stream (you don't see this from the trail,
Grizzly Flat Trail crosses the creek at this point
Follow the Grizzly Flat Trail to the top of the ridge and
Similar shot to one above, but in a horizontal format for those