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Castle Rock State Park

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This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and perfect for day trips.
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Highway 9, Los Gatos, CA 95033-8291
+1 650-867-2952
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

There are plenty of trails to keep you hiking for the day. A nice quick hike is down to the falls and you’ll have a view that is awesome. There is some decent climbing for those that want to get out of the gym and...More

1  Thank roald852
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are many trails and several loops. Beautiful falls. Some of the trails are a little scary with anchors on the cliffs to hold onto. Some actual climbing areas always seem to be in use.

Thank Harry T
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

Castle Rock has several amazing sites. You can either hike up to Castle Rock for the views and some climbing fun on the rocks, or you can head down to the waterfall. For the waterfall it is best to go in early spring when it...More

Thank Charles W
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We loved it here, however the hike was a bit more rigorous and much longer than we thought it would be, but it’s lovely. It has beautiful views of the valley and we could almost see to the ocean. Parking is tough so get there...More

1  Thank rkashmere
Reviewed July 22, 2018

This is one of the best Bouldering and climbing spots in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I love this place. Miles and miles of hiking and you can even go to the beach.

1  Thank makeitso4u
Reviewed July 15, 2018

Great place to hike in the Bay area...a relatively easy hike with amazing views of Santa Cruz mountains. Well labelled and easy terrain as you climb up. Lots of trees and shade, well labelled and easy to follow. Saratoga Gap Trail is an easy hike...Check...More

1  Thank GMBToga
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Spent a beautiful morning hiking in Castle Rock State Park. We did the campground loop and really enjoyed it. We went on a Thursday morning, rather early. The parking lot was pretty empty, but was full by the time we left. It can get warm,...More

1  Thank Rungirl1124
Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Castle rock is always gorgeous. All legal parking often gone by 9am on weekends especially in summer, then cars will pause right on skyline and wait for something to open up - this is crazy! Skyline is state highway 35! Just because it’s in the...More

Thank CaliforniaMomOfTwo
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Castle Rock is an easy drive from Silicon Valley and a chance to get out and see for miles. There is a loop hike and also many out and back hikes that are not strenuous, but have beautiful views. For a longer hike, go all...More

Thank Joan P
Reviewed May 25, 2018 via mobile

Castle Rock Park is a beautiful spot, with excellent hiking trails. They are challenging, but not too difficult, with opportunities to climb some rocks if you want. We did the Saratoga Gap loop trail, which was easy to follow and took about 3 hours. Great...More

Thank Tom M
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Farida M
September 21, 2018|
Response from Charles W | Reviewed this property |
It is not a very long walk. You walk from the parking area down to the waterfall and then back up. Less than a mile each way. You can also walk up to Castle Rock which is less than 1/2 mile each way.