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“Wonderful but often crowded”

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.
Los Altos, California
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Wonderful but often crowded”
Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Great loop hike from the parking lot to the campground and back. In warm weather, take the Saratoga Gap trail out and the Ridge trail back. The lower Saratoga trail is more exposed and has more difficult bits, and then you can return on the much shadier Ridge trail. The entire trip is 5.5 miles, but you shorten it at the Interconnect trail if you run out of steam. Just walking out the Ridge trail to Goat Rock is worth the trip! There are rugged parts requiring a bit of a scramble, so wear sturdy shoes (we wore hiking boots) and take water. Don't count on fog to keep you cool in summer. I recommend a day pack or the like so you can have your hands free.

Don't be intimidated by all the cars parked at the trailhead. Even on a busy day the trail isn't overly crowded after the first half mile.

Visited July 2014
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Los Gatos, California
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60 reviews
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“Great rock formations”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is a must for anybody visiting the Santa Cruz mountains. First parking is bad on weekends. The lot fills up quick, $8 to park i think. I always park on the side of the road,no fee. Even for a short hike you must see the rock formations. Hard to believe that where made by the ocean. If you want to hike longer you can go to the 90 foot falls, not a lot of water most of the time but still pretty cool. A trip to Goat Rock will give you some great views of the Santa Cruz mountains and the ocean. A hike to the campground and back will give you the total experience with more spectacular views, I think about 6 miles round trip. This place is also a rock climbers paradise, from small formations to large ones. Enjoy!!

Visited March 2014
1 Thank Dubec1
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Sunnyvale, California
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Just a light hike up and you are in the midst of wonderful rock formations. Fantastic hike for kids and adults.

Visited November 2013
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Wildberg, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great hike and escape from the city”
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.

Visited April 2013
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Northern Minnesota, USA
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Interesting rock formations”
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.

Visited September 2013
Thank L S
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