Castle Rock Falls

Los Gatos, California

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Follow forested trails past weirdly sculpted rock outcroppings to a waterfall that plunges 80 feet down a sheer face near the headwaters of Kings Creek. From the overhanging tafoni faces of Castle Rock to the observation deck jutting out over Castle Rock Falls, at the head of Kings Creek, the scenic destinations on this tour are enchanting. Castle Rock, the park’s high point, is more a palace for forest gnomes than for fairytale princesses. Perched on the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, its sandstone faces host a honeycomb of holds, shallow caves, and, on dry sunny days, crowds of climbers.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Follow forested trails past weirdly sculpted rock outcroppings to a waterfall that plunges 80 feet down a sheer face near the headwaters of Kings Creek. From the overhanging tafoni faces of Castle Rock to the observation deck jutting out over Castle Rock Falls, at the head of Kings Creek, the scenic destinations on this tour are enchanting.

Castle Rock, the park’s high point, is more a palace for forest gnomes than for fairytale princesses. Perched on the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, its sandstone faces host a honeycomb of holds, shallow caves, and, on dry sunny days, crowds of climbers.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Los Gatos
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3-4 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95033; (408) 867-2952; www.parks.ca.gov. Portola and Castle Rock Foundation, 59 Washington St. #107, Santa Clara, CA 95050; www.portolaandcastlerockfound.org.
Local Maps: USGS Santa Cruz CA; park map available online at www.parks.ca.gov
Driving Directions: Directions to Castle Rock Falls

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