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Castle Rock State Park

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Address: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033-8291
Phone Number: 650/867-2952
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6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
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This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and...

This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and perfect for day trips.

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Wanted to take a hike after a long time out of action and decided to try the Saratoga Gap Trail. It was a bit ambitious for someone seriously out of shape but very... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Margaret S
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San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wanted to take a hike after a long time out of action and decided to try the Saratoga Gap Trail. It was a bit ambitious for someone seriously out of shape but very enjoyable. Excellent views and conveniently located for stressed out workers looking to relax.

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Thank Margaret S
Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a mostly shaded ramble, figure eight hike. Very enjoyable. The rock formations were so interesting and fun to climb around on.

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Thank Karen H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent parking and trail access. Courteous and helpful Park Rangers, friendly and helpful hikers.

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Thank Doug A
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of great camping sites. We took the saratoga trail there and the ridge view back. Get to the parking lot early. The rangers are really nice, so are the other campers/hikers. Careful lots of bees and mosquitos. All around great spot for a weekend trip.

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Thank LaulauSF
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hiking at Castle Rock was a great experience. The park opens from 6 AM to sunset, and parking costs $8 if you park inside the area (note: there are limited parking spaces). However, if you arrive there early (at around 7:30 AM), you will be able to park alongside the highway, which is free and fills up quickly. The hiking... More 

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Thank Blau0
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Saturday. There were no parking spaces left, we were just about to leave when someone left and we got a spot . Glad we waited. Some pretty amazing views. I'd call this a difficult hike. 8 miles from the Saratoga gap trail, up around goat rock, and back via Ridge trail. Alot of exposure to the... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

A bit crowded on a weekend but some sections are still secluded, in a shade through the woods ... great views.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

Some challenging pieces if hot and lots of easy sections. After visiting the rock I did the loop and then wandered down other trails, is was so nice. Views are amazing. Will be back asap. The loop involves a ridge trail that is exposed to the sun but the views are excellent and you can sit on a rock overlooking... More 

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Los Gatos, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

One of the best perches along south Skyline (Highway 35) from which to view the San Lorenzo Valley and Monterey Bay. Terrific rock formations for climbing, and avid climbers know it. Lovely waterfall a quarter mile down the hill, and backpack campground a couple miles in, best time to visit is Jan-May (after which it can be really hot). Parking... More 

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1 Thank Easong
Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This is a beautiful park with various hiking trails from easy to moderate. The trail heads are all up and down Skyline Blvd. So if the main park is crowded head down the road a bit farther and pick a less traveled trail.

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