Do you enjoy the outdoors? How about admiring the beauty of nature? Exercising and making friends at the same time?
Then let's go hiking in the wilderness of Castle Rock! Castle Rock offers some unusual rock formations and amazing panoramic views of the bay area, all within a short driving distance from the Silicon Valley. Afterwards, well go out to lunch somewhere nearby.
Feel free to invite friends. The more the merrier! If you have any questions, please post here or send me a message.
All the details:
When: 10AM, Saturday, September 21, 2013
Where: Castle Rock State Park (15000 Skyline Blvd., Los Gatos, CA 95033). Meet at entrance.
Total length: ~4.7 miles
Total elevation: 1000 ft
Difficulty Level: moderate (This is not a good hike for those with mobility issues. Some parts of the trail are narrow and it can potentially be tough on your knees and hips when scrambling up and down some stretches of boulders)
Further information on Castle Rock State Park at URL: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=538
Cost: $8.00 per car day use fee (avoid by parking on Skyline
Note: We will head out for lunch somewhere nearby after the hike.
Estimated finish time: About 1:00 PM (back at trailhead)
Bring: sunscreen, plenty of water, snacks, layers, good hiking shoes, long pants recommended.
Directions to Get There:
-From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, take CA 92 west, then turn south onto Skyline Boulevard (CA 35). Drive about 25.5 miles, to the junction of 35 and 9 (Saratoga Gap). Continue about 2.5 miles further south on 35, to the park entrance on the right side of the road.
- From CA 85 in Santa Clara County, exit Saratoga Avenue. Drive west into Saratoga, then continue west, uphill on CA 9. At Saratoga Gap (junction 9 and CA 35), turn left and drive south about 2.5 miles to the park entrance on the right side of the road.
Lunch location after the hike:
If it doesn't rain like crazy, we will go hiking at Castle Rock State Park and afterwards go to this restaurant for lunch:
(FYI there is more than 1 Layang Layang, so go to the correct one!)
1480 S De Anza Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95129
If it happens to rain heavily tomorrow (which the weather forecast doesn't seem to indicate), then go directly here at 10 AM instead of Castle Rock:
The Original Pancake House
1366 S De Anza Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95129
If you have questions or want to confirm in the morning which plan we are going with, you can reach me at (408)[masked] the day of. I'm looking forward to meeting all of you, and the possibility of rain can't put a damper on that!