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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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Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Great and interesting rock formations fun to climb, explore and photograph. Good hikes with a stream, waterfall and beautiful vistas.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

The huge boulders here are amazing. If you are a climber, there are small and large rocks to challenge your skills. The nooks and sitting spots are fun for taking a break and enjoying the view. For some reason, its easy to spend a few...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Susi S
Reviewed 26 October 2018 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

Date of experience: October 2018
2  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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  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.

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank renakashmere
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: June 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Rungirl1124
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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.