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“Spectacular View”

Castle Rock State Park
Ranked #4 of 29 things to do in Los Gatos
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Owner description: This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and perfect for day trips.
San Jose, California
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27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Spectacular View”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a great area to hike. We took the longer trail (5.8 miles round trip) to the campground. You can see Santa Cruz Mountains along the way and the views are spectacular. There are some sections of the trail that have tricky footing, so be careful.

There are free parking outside the entrance of the park. If you arrive slightly late and all the free parking lots are taken up, you can park at the entrance of the park for $8.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank lokeyh
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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good hiking and bouldering”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

This is a really cool area if you're looking to do some low-key hiking and high-ball bouldering in central California. Decent variety on the boulders here, from V0 up to V-impossible. It's sandstone so it doesn't have the best surface or durability but it's a fun bouldering area and it's really cool to check out even if you aren't a boulderer. Just the fact that there's a 50-foot sandstone boulder with tons of caves and plenty of smaller boulders at the top of a hill is reason enough to visit this lesser-known gem.
Park in the 'lot' on the side of the road just outside the state park to avoid having to pay the entrance fee if you're feeling cheap. Just don't park outside the allowable area as they're rumored to ticket here.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank canadian0eh
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Campbell, California
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great Adventure”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Castle Rock State Park is isolated enough to make you feel blissfully alone, yet not isolated enough to make getting there a hassle. There are many varying hikes you can take there, from a short one to Castle Rock or Castle Rock Falls or a longer one to the campground (5.8 miles round trip). The views are spectacular, as you

Visited September 2013
Thank asr12345
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Prague, Czech Republic
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220 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Morning Beauty”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

I took the 40 minute drive from San Jose up to Castle Rock along the Skyline Drive. Beautiful. I recommend a morning trip as the cloud / mist is still low in the valley so you see the trees peaking through the cloud. This burns off by mid morning revealing stunning forest landscape. Great for hiking and walking. Blissfully quiet.

Visited August 2013
Thank RoamingRuss
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great Afternoon Adventure”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

A good friend of mine (a seasoned hiker) recently introduced me to Castle Rock State park and I must say that it was a great hiking spot! The rocks are very fun yet challenging to climb. Not a place for someone who doesn't want to get their hands a bit dirty, though! The only problem is that parking is a bit tricky sometimes (come on a weekday if possible). Other than that, enjoy the beautiful rock formations and trails!

Visited August 2013
Thank SarahandSuch
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