Castle Rock State Park

Los Gatos, California

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Castle Rock State Park is on one of the highest ridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The hike features great variety: cool, dark mixed forests, creeks and a seasonal waterfall, dry, manzanita-lined ridges, grassy hills, oak savanna, and above all, rock formations. The boulders come in amazing shapes, with curves, crevices, and caves. On weekends, you will see climbers navigate their way up 90-degree rock faces with chalky fingers. The giant boulder that gives the park its name sits in high woodland toward the end of the hike. There are interpretive exhibits and scenic overlooks that show off the park’s 5,300 acres and over 50 miles of hiking paths. Trails Surface: Single- and some double-track dirt trail; rocky paths passing between giant boulders.

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"Castle Rock State Park is on one of the highest ridges in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The hike features great variety: cool, dark mixed forests, creeks and a seasonal waterfall, dry, manzanita-lined ridges, grassy hills, oak savanna, and above all, rock formations. The boulders come in amazing shapes, with curves, crevices, and caves. On weekends, you will see climbers navigate their way up 90-degree rock faces with chalky fingers. The giant boulder that gives the park its name sits in high woodland toward the end of the hike. There are interpretive exhibits and scenic overlooks that show off the park’s 5,300 acres and over 50 miles of hiking paths. Trails Surface: Single- and some double-track dirt trail; rocky paths passing between giant boulders."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Los Gatos
Distance: 6.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Open daily from 8:00 a.m. to dusk
Local Contacts: Castle Rock State Park
Local Maps: USGS Castle Rock Ridge

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Jun 2018