Cascade Creek sits on the ancestral territory of the Quiroste tribe, which spoke the Awaswas language. There are no known surviving members of this tribe, and so these lands today continue to be stewarded by the neighboring Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
Amah Mutsun Land Trust (AMLT) conducted an archaeological survey of Cascade Creek. While no habitation sites or artifacts were found, the surveyors did identify a number of ethnobotanical resources (plants used traditionally by local tribes) as well as culturally significant landscape features. The League appreciates the opportunity to work with the AMLT as we continue to learn more about the history of the redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.