Whether you're a new-comer to Castle Rock or an old-timer, we promise you'll learn something (many things!) new and fascinating, while we take a challenging, yet moderately-paced hike through varied terrain on this stunning, 6-mile, loop trail.
Bring your own lunch and water and be prepared to climb on and over a few boulders.
Wear broken-in hiking shoes! Wear plenty of clothing layers - it can be very chilly.
Park on Skyline in front of the park entrance
Distance: 6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Duration: 2-3 hours ( leaving time to relax at the top )
Average pace of hike: 3 miles per hour
Bring your own lunch and water.
More background on this spectacular park, courtesy of CA State Parks: Along the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park embraces coast redwood, Douglas-fir, and madrone forest, most of which has been left in its wild, natural state. Steep canyons are sprinkled with unusual rock formations that are popular with rock climbers. The forest here is lush and mossy, crisscrossed by 32 miles of hiking and horseback riding trails. These trails are part of an even more extensive trail system that links the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo valleys with Castle Rock State Park, Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and the Pacific Coast.
Come early to find parking.
We also might head over to Alices Restaurant on Skyline for lunch....
RSVP if your really coming so we can gauge group size.