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Castle Rock State Park - Optional Lunch Afterwards in Saratoga

  • Jun 22, 2013 · 8:30 AM
  • Castle Rock State Park

You'll get to see the beautiful Castle Rock and the Castle Rock Falls and also enjoy some beautuful views along the way. Its a nice blend of flats and climbs where you can enjoy the hike and all it has to offer without being getting overly exhausted. There's a reason why this park was nominated one of California's lovely State Parks!!. This is one of my favorite hikes in the area and it is a very enjoyable hike.

About Castle Rock State Park: Castle Rock State Park emcompasses over 5,200 acres of wildlands in the Santa Cruz Mountains. There are 35 miles of hiking trails, interesting rock formations and fabulous views of the San Lorenzo Valley and Pacific Ocean. Other activities include backpacking, horseback riding and rock climbing. Park hours are from 6:00 a.m. to dusk.

About the Optional Lunch afterwards at Mint Leaf Restaurant in Saratoga. They have delicious Pan Asian food with lunch specials ranging from $8.50 to $10.00 + Tax and Tip. Let me now if you want to come to lunch so I can make reservations. Click the link below then click on the PDF Menu (top right) to see your selections. 14420 Big Basin Way, Saratoga. Mint Leaf Restaurant Saratoga

Hike Description: On this hike we'll make an approximately 8 mile loop stating at the Saratoga Gap Trail from the main park headquarters. The hike will begin with a visit to the spectacular 3,214 foot Castle Rock, the parks main attraction, which is located just 3/10 mile from the parking lot. Here you can walk around the rocks and explore the many nooks and crannies of the rocks. From there we'll continue on another 0.8 miles to Castle Rock Falls which is approximately 80 feet high and fed by the headwaters of Kings Creek. We'll then continue on the Saratoga Gap Trail passing through beautiful chaparral and superb views along the way. After the campsite we'll connect to the Loghry Woods Trail which will connect us to Highway 35 where we'll cross over into Sanborn Park. We'll end the hike with a walk along the Skyline Trail in Sanborn Park which will take us back to the Castle Rock Parking lot. The total loop will take approximately 3.5 hours to do.

Carpool:  4th Street in Saratoga at 8:00 a.m.  parking lot is located behind the Plumbed Horse restaurant.  Turn right on 4th from Highway 9 and you will see it on the left hand side.

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  • Barb H.

    Great park, great conversations!!

    June 22, 2013

  • Sharon

    Thank you, Dawn, for arranging this wonderful hike. So glad you and Charlie are feeling better. It was wonderful to enjoy Castle Rock with everyone. Thank you!

    June 22, 2013

  • Frank

    Nice hike. 50-50 up and down w/ boulders; fun.

    June 22, 2013

  • Monica

    I love this hike - it has such breath taking vistas! Thank you Dawn!

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry I have to cancel. My daughter needs a ride tomorrow morning. I wish everybody a nice hike.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hate to miss the best lunch (that I attended) last year. Love the hike too. But can't do it this time.

    June 21, 2013

  • Glenn N

    I decided to not drive anywhere this weekend, so I'll see you all at the next one.

    June 20, 2013

  • Laurie

    Am sorry to have to cancel...I know you'll have a great time.

    June 20, 2013

  • Barb H.

    I won't be going to lunch. Will do it at another time.

    June 20, 2013

  • Kitty

    food for me, if we are done at decent time.

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I won't make it. CR is my favorite place to hike. My schedule is just too tight this weekend. Have a great time!

    June 19, 2013

  • Sharon

    Dawn, it's wonderful you'll be leading this hike - it's one of my favorites. Would appreciate a ride at carpool. Please plan on two for lunch (Tom will join us). Looking forward to seeing everyone and to a great Saturday!

    June 19, 2013

  • jane b.

    See you at the parking lot at 8...would like to go to mint leaf, but time may not permit...therefore, carpool yes...mint leaf hopefully!
    It will be great to have you with us again, Dawn!

    June 18, 2013

  • Dawn

    Looking forward to getting back to hiking and seeing everyone. It's my favorite hike and favorite Saratoga restaurant so ready to go. I'm OK with a faster group and a slower one if necessary (I'll be in the slower one of course). Please post in the comments if you are planning on attending the lunch so I know how many places to reserve. See you there!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having eye surgery so will not be able to hike for a month

    June 17, 2013

  • MARCIA

    oops! I'll be out of town-enjoy one of my favorite parks!

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please count me in for lunch. It was great last year, as was the hike.

    June 12, 2013

  • Jeff

    I'd like to do lunch.

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What is the elevation on this hike?

    May 6, 2013

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