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Castle Rock State Park

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Address: 15000 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA
Phone Number: +1 650-867-2952
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06:00 - 19:00
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This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and...

This popular park is ideal for hikers, backpackers, and rock climbers, and perfect for day trips.

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Rock clambering galore

Great place for a hike and loads of cool rocks to clamber up and caves to explore. Must visit with kids

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cupertino, California
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Cupertino, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for a hike and loads of cool rocks to clamber up and caves to explore. Must visit with kids

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Austin
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 are really amazing. I am mostly writing this review to provide some information that I... More 

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Cupertino, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Great place to visit, only about 30 min away from the city. nice, leasure drive on highway 9 short 1 mile easy hike to Castle Rock, and another 1.5mile to the waterfall. What is unusual about this waterfall is you look at from the top, not from the bottom. Great if you visit right after rain, to see creeks and... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Wanted to take a hike after a long time out of action and decided to try the Saratoga Gap Trail. It was a bit ambitious for someone seriously out of shape but very enjoyable. Excellent views and conveniently located for stressed out workers looking to relax.

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This was a mostly shaded ramble, figure eight hike. Very enjoyable. The rock formations were so interesting and fun to climb around on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent parking and trail access. Courteous and helpful Park Rangers, friendly and helpful hikers.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Lots of great camping sites. We took the saratoga trail there and the ridge view back. Get to the parking lot early. The rangers are really nice, so are the other campers/hikers. Careful lots of bees and mosquitos. All around great spot for a weekend trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Hiking at Castle Rock was a great experience. The park opens from 6 AM to sunset, and parking costs $8 if you park inside the area (note: there are limited parking spaces). However, if you arrive there early (at around 7:30 AM), you will be able to park alongside the highway, which is free and fills up quickly. The hiking... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We went on a Saturday. There were no parking spaces left, we were just about to leave when someone left and we got a spot . Glad we waited. Some pretty amazing views. I'd call this a difficult hike. 8 miles from the Saratoga gap trail, up around goat rock, and back via Ridge trail. Alot of exposure to the... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

A bit crowded on a weekend but some sections are still secluded, in a shade through the woods ... great views.

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