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Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park

Castle Rock State Park

8.725 reviews
Hiking and Nature, Hiking Trail, Scenic Lookout, Park
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5000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033
(408) 867-2952
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=538
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Every time I feel like being active on the weekend but nothing too intense, I always head here to get my exercise on. The only con is that it's a pretty tedious drive up to the ... Read more
park but that's the only way to get the best views. The most awesome part of the hike is that it's very diverse and you get to feel like you're somewhat rock climbing when you go through a whole phase of rocky boulders! During the hike you get a great scenery of beautiful greenery plus you see the pacific from afar. After you get past the rocky trails, you will start hiking upwards for a more intense heart rate exercise. Sometimes you're also able to see people do real rock climbing while you're hiking. There's some sunny points but most of the time you can find ton of shade and breezy sections. I highly recommend this place when you're feeling active but nothing too crazy. Definitely expect to be a little dusty after the hike and don't forget to pay for parking if you're lucky to get a spot in the park parking lot!

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Local from Los Altos, California, USA

Winding road to get to, but once you get there, it's like a different world with huge rocks. People come here to hike and climb on the rocks.

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Local from Redwood City, California, USA

Get there early! Before parking runs out! Also be sure to take your valuables out of your car, as break-ins are common on weekdays.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

Castle Rock offers interesting hiking trails and offers fantastic views of the forests and mountains.

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

This place has the best views around. The trails are easy up to a point (well signed) and from that point become more technical. Nothing too crazy though, kids 8 and above would be able to complete with little trouble. This is my favorite trail running spot. But if climbing is your hobby, you'll find plenty of opportunities as well.

Parking is absolute hell after 9am, be there early!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Every time I feel like being active on the weekend but nothing too intense, I always head here to get my exercise on. The only con is that it's a pretty tedious drive up to the park but that's the only way to get the best views. The most awesome part of the hike is that it's very diverse and you get to feel like you're somewhat rock climbing when you go through a whole phase of rocky boulders! During the hike you get a great scenery of beautiful greenery plus you see the pacific from afar. After you get past the rocky trails, you will start hiking upwards for a more intense heart rate exercise. Sometimes you're also able to see people do real rock climbing while you're hiking. There's some sunny points but most of the time you can find ton of shade and breezy sections. I highly recommend this place when you're feeling active but nothing too crazy. Definitely expect to be a little dusty after the hike and don't forget to pay for parking if you're lucky to get a spot in the park parking lot!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

An old staple of mine during my years in the Bay Area. A beautiful drive up to the Santa Cruz mountains could always cheer me up and brighten my day, even when the clouds roll in!
Unless you take a visitor from out of town up there and notice that they threw up all over the back side of your car as they discover their new found issue with windy roads... I have pics to prove!

The general hike either to the falls (where people often rock climb) or to the rocks, are pretty low intensity and the temperature is often cool to chilly. Unless of course you venture to the side of the mountain where there is less coverage from the trees and trek on down to the base where the camp ground exists. It is like a mini Yosemite hike for beginners.

Parking is limited and there tends to be lots of visitors on weekends. Weekday hikes during the summer evenings are great! Bring a flashlight just in case you wanna watch the sunset!

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Local from Menlo Park, California, USA

Huge rock formations and winding trails. A favorite for rock climbers, also offers fun scrambling on the rocks and nice trails. This place can get really crowded, and parking lots fill up, so come early.

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Local from Santa Clara, California, USA

An easy to get to park on top of the mountain. Features many different rocks to climb, several easy-to-moderate hikes and lovely views. Limited camping is also available.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Beautiful CA State Park with redwoods, rock climber, rocks, waterfalls, and views: great hiking and good for kids too! Highly recommended!

There is a parking entrance fee but you can park outside for free, however, it usually get full so come early if you can.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Nice quiet hike with a big rock to climb at the end of it. Fairly secluded trails and lots if shade to stay cool during summer time.

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Local from Santa Clara

One of the best hikes Bay Area has to offer. The magnificence of Castle Rock can only be comprehended in person. If you think hiking in bay area is all about redwoods and grassland, think again. Castle rock has one of the most stunning sweeping mountain view and a scenery unlike any others. There are rocks waiting to be scrambled and climbed. The change in elevation isn't that tough but there are parts of the trail that requires a good use of your hands. You will need to get down all all fours to keep your balance. You would either love it or hate it. Most likely love it because there just aren't anything quite like this state park in the bay area.

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San Marcos

If you like hiking a place that makes you climb over rocks and give you amazing views, this is the place. It's pretty popular so you're never quite alone.. I consider that safe. You can even climb up some boulders which makes you feel like you're on top of the world.

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Local from Palo Alto, California, USA

Has some nice trails for hiking. It is not far, so easy to get to for a weekend hike. Also great place to rock climb. Get here early, as it is hot in summer to climb during the day.

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Local from Saratoga

Castle Rock is about 20 minutes drive in the hills above Saratoga and Los Gatos. Very fun for kids, there are amazing rock formations and caves to climb on and in... a short hike (1/2 mile?) from the parking lot. Very unique experience

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Local from San Jose, California, USA

Its a great place to hike.. once you find it!
If you get the feeling you need to make a U-Turn... MAKE IT!
XD

There's trails to hike, rocks to climb, places to get lost, views to see, bugs to creep you out and trees to crawl over and as a finale a 'grand' waterfall to be shocked and awed by. It may be a touch tough to find parking unless you dont mind paying for parking. There's free parking outside but the spaces go quick even if you sleep in with the 10am park opening.

All in all, the hike, which I was assured was the quickest one out of the many trails available only consisted of a few miles was good.. there were dips in the hike to trail run and parts you simply had to climb up or fall in a controlled manner as either case may be... sometimes both at the same time... ok, always both. Especially if you had to follow the trail leader I had to follow. This dirt master was a major hard ass... difficult enough to keep up with however hard to be too intimidated when insects are a form of kryptonite to said 'Master Blaster Trail Master!' And dont get me started on the lizards... pfffft!
;D

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Portland, Oregon, USA

Get your rock climbing gear or hiking gear. It's great.

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Fremont, California, USA

Great place for a hike. Not very hard, perfect for all levels. It can get crowded on weekends.

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Berkeley, California, USA

Hike to Goat Rock and enjoy a picnic on the rocks.

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Local from Foster City, California, USA
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