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Castle Rock State Park, Los Gatos

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Castle Rock State Park is a state park of California, USA, located along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It embraces coast redwood, Douglas fir, and madrone forest, most of which has been left in its wild, natural state. Steep canyons are sprinkled with unusual rock formations that are a popular rock climbing area. The forest here is lush and mossy, crisscrossed by 32mi of hiking trails. These trails are part of an even more extensive trail system that links the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo valleys with Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and the Pacific Coast. Due to its overnight parking lot, Castle Rock is a popular starting point for the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, a 30mi trail that begins near by at Saratoga Gap and leads to Waddell Beach north of Santa Cruz. There are two walk-in campgrounds within the park for overnight backpacking. The 5242acre park was established in 1968.LocationThe park is located on California State Route 35 just 2.5mi southeast of the junction with State Route 9. It is located almost entirely in Santa Cruz County.
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  • I hadn't been to Castle Rock in decades. The trails were well maintained and everything was green after the heavy rainy season. This park is always a great escape from the crowds and traffic in the va...  more »
  • Great park just a 20 minutes outside of los gatos/Saratoga. Take the saratoga gap trail to get sweeping vistas of the santa cruz mountains. Traveling just a few miles is all that is required. The trai...  more »
  • Castle Rock state park has 2 easy 2 moderate and 2 strenuous trails. We took the moderate one saratoga gap trail till camping grounds and on the way saw goat rock. It was a good hike for 2-3 hours in ...  more »