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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  • Beautiful park with pretty well marked trails - some better than others. Lots to see, from beautiful vistas, waterfall, rock climbers, etc. New signs at parking lot trail head make it easy to choose a...  more »
  • If I want to connect with my inner beast, there is no better place than Castle Rock. You can do a mellow hike, a medium hilly hike, or go B T W at the Rock. It is up to you. All my dogs LOVE this plac...  more »
  • I loved this hike as it provides diverse scenery. You start off by making your way through a path of majestic trees and traverse along to the waterfall (when I went back in 2015-2016 there was no wate...  more »

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