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Castle Rock State Park

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Address: 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95033-8291
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+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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Crowded on saturday/limited parking

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... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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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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Mountain View, California
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168 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Some challenging pieces if hot and lots of easy sections. After visiting the rock I did the loop and then wandered down other trails, is was so nice. Views are amazing. Will be back asap. The loop involves a ridge trail that is exposed to the sun but the views are excellent and you can sit on a rock overlooking... More 

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Los Gatos, CA
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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 in, best time to visit is Jan-May (after which it can be really hot). Parking... More 

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1 Thank Easong
Los Gatos, California
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a beautiful park with various hiking trails from easy to moderate. The trail heads are all up and down Skyline Blvd. So if the main park is crowded head down the road a bit farther and pick a less traveled trail.

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Burlingame, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

Beautiful walk, although slightly sloshy just now. Castle rock is a sight to behold and there are lots of wildflowers poking up their heads. Weekdays are better of course and parking is available for free on highway 35.

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Los Gatos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

Light hiking to Castle & Goat Rock areas, then WOW a great place to learn & practice rock climbing skills for 10 to 70 year olds! Beautiful ocean views from top of Castle Rocks.

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1 Thank TKDtravels
Los Gatos, California
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Reviewed 9 March 2016

The climb up to Castle Rock from the parking lot is definitely not handicap accessible. It is not far and for young people an easy climb. When you get to the top, there is not much to look at except a big rock.

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Thank donwolf20
San Rafael, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Had to park down the road at an overflow lot, and as a result, we went in from the campground side. Second trip there, and it's a beautiful hike. The castle rock formations are interesting, but crowded. We didn't stay too long before we hiked back. We did 8 miles total; very nice trip.

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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

My husband and I went on a hike in Castle Rock State Park. It is a beautiful place. We parked along the road as the parking lot was closed. They were working on the bathroom, so stop at a bathroom before you get there. We hiked part of the Saratoga Gap trail and then back on the Ridge Trail. We... More 

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