Carbonera Creek is about eight miles long. It starts at elevation of about 1,100 feet in the Santa Cruz mountains in the area of Mount Roberta and Glenwood Basin. It winds southernly through Scotts Valley and joins Branciforte Creek in Santa Cruz.
Carbonera Creek also supports rare species of plant life. The Bonny Doon Manzanita (Arctostaphylos silvicola) and the endangered Ben Lomond Wallflower (Erysimum teretifolium).
The name of the creek is from Rancho la Carbonera. A carbonera is Spanish for a coal bucket. A carbonero is a person that makes charcoal. There are many theories on why the word was chosen. None have any real evidence.
USGS Maps for Carbonera Creek:
* Santa Cruz County Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary by Donald Thomas Clark, page 64.
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