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“Great hike and escape from the city”

Castle Rock State Park
Ranked #4 of 29 things to do in Los Gatos
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and perfect for day trips.
Reviewed March 4, 2014

I hiked Castle Rock State Park for the second time with my cousin, his wife and her dad and we had a great time exploring the area, enjoying the trees, nature and great views.
I highly recommend going here and enjoying a few hours in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Thank Joerg H
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

Easy to get to from Cupertino. Nice for day hiking with very interesting rock formations. Beautiful views from Goat Rock and a scenic hike getting there. Clearly marked trails.

Thank L S
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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.

2  Thank lokeyh
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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.

1  Thank canadian0eh
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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

Thank asr12345
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