From weirdly sculpted rock outcrops to a waterfall that plunges more than a hundred feet down a sheer face, this tour will satisfy the thrill-seeker in every hiker. What a trip! From the pocked, overhanging faces of Castle Rock to the observation deck jutting out over the 80-foot falls at the headwaters 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 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. Views are obscured by the dense forest that surrounds the rock and its smaller counterparts, but you can pull up a piece of the stone apron that surrounds the base and enjoy the athletic showmanship.
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