Location: Saratoga, Santa Clara County, CA
Miles: 6.5 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Users: Hikers only. Dogs, horses, and mountain bikes not permitted. No wheelchair access.
Features: Castle Rock, valley views, oak, Douglas fir and madrone forest, Santa Cruz Mountains
Castle Rock State Park Loop Trail
Castle Rock State Park is known for hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding. Rock climbers enjoy coming to this place too. They explore the caverns and rocks.
The trail begins when you turn left from the parking lot. That’s the starting point of the Castle Rock Trail. It’s easy at the beginning but then you’ll get to a big climbing spot which is exercise, by the way. The scenery is breathtaking and highlights the charm of the Santa Cruz area. This is undeniably a climber’s trail because you will come across boulders and different routes along the way.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) Don’t get lost!
Bring a map of a mini GPS keychain Tracker so you don’t lose your way! This trail could get you on the wrong track if you’re not too careful. Be sure you have the gear to help you.
2) Stay hydrated
Always pack enough water to keep you from being thirsty. This trail takes a lot of energy so be sure to stay hydrated and maybe throw in some snacks too!
3) Appreciate the view
This trail has great views! Make sure you know when to stop and take a moment and look at the grandeur of nature.