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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  • July 4, 2017
    Extremely enjoyable place to have fun with friends or family. For an unplanned backpacking trip for locals, it can be an ideal place.  more »
  • June 2, 2017
    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 »
  • December 13, 2016
    Free entry, parking $8 should only be paid by all day and comes out!. A place with much to explore and where incredible views. I also saw that could climb since there is enough rock, and that is what makes it so attractive.
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