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Castle Rock State Park

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This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and perfect for day trips.
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Highway 9, Los Gatos, CA 95033-8291
+1 650-867-2952
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 October 2016

We went to this park for the first time this week. It was overall a great park, with lots of scrambling over rocks, if you like that sort of thing. Castle Rock itself is NOT to be missed -- the rock formations inside the caves...More

8  Thank Angela C
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 June 2016

One of the best perches along south Skyline (Highway 35) from which to view the San Lorenzo Valley and Monterey Bay. Terrific rock formations for climbing, and avid climbers know it. Lovely waterfall a quarter mile down the hill, and backpack campground a couple miles...More

2  Thank Easong
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Too crowded on weekends. Dusty and dry. Better off going in the winter or late spring. No water in the waterfall or creek bed. Shooting range noise and jet overflights ruin the experience. Weird ranger. Maze of unofficial trails. Place feels somewhat worn out due...More

1  Thank deepchi
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

There are plenty of trails to keep you hiking for the day. A nice quick hike is down to the falls and you’ll have a view that is awesome. There is some decent climbing for those that want to get out of the gym and...More

1  Thank roald852
Reviewed 30 August 2018

There are many trails and several loops. Beautiful falls. Some of the trails are a little scary with anchors on the cliffs to hold onto. Some actual climbing areas always seem to be in use.

Thank Harry T
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Castle Rock has several amazing sites. You can either hike up to Castle Rock for the views and some climbing fun on the rocks, or you can head down to the waterfall. For the waterfall it is best to go in early spring when it...More

Thank Charles W
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile

We loved it here, however the hike was a bit more rigorous and much longer than we thought it would be, but it’s lovely. It has beautiful views of the valley and we could almost see to the ocean. Parking is tough so get there...More

1  Thank rkashmere
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This is one of the best Bouldering and climbing spots in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I love this place. Miles and miles of hiking and you can even go to the beach.

1  Thank makeitso4u
Reviewed 15 July 2018

Great place to hike in the Bay area...a relatively easy hike with amazing views of Santa Cruz mountains. Well labelled and easy terrain as you climb up. Lots of trees and shade, well labelled and easy to follow. Saratoga Gap Trail is an easy hike...Check...More

1  Thank GMBToga
Reviewed 26 June 2018

Spent a beautiful morning hiking in Castle Rock State Park. We did the campground loop and really enjoyed it. We went on a Thursday morning, rather early. The parking lot was pretty empty, but was full by the time we left. It can get warm,...More

1  Thank Rungirl1124
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Castle rock is always gorgeous. All legal parking often gone by 9am on weekends especially in summer, then cars will pause right on skyline and wait for something to open up - this is crazy! Skyline is state highway 35! Just because it’s in the...More

Thank CaliforniaMomOfTwo
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Castle Rock is an easy drive from Silicon Valley and a chance to get out and see for miles. There is a loop hike and also many out and back hikes that are not strenuous, but have beautiful views. For a longer hike, go all...More

Thank Joan P
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Farida M
22 September 2018|
Response from Charles W | Reviewed this property |
It is not a very long walk. You walk from the parking area down to the waterfall and then back up. Less than a mile each way. You can also walk up to Castle Rock which is less than 1/2 mile each way.