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Castle Rock Hike

I hiked this area recently and it was really beautiful, it is one of the foothill area parks of Mt. Diablo. The Stage Road route is a moderate climb, not too hilly but an approximately 4.6 miles round trip (took me 90 minutes total when I hiked it recently). Part of the trail goes into Mt. Diablo State Park, and we will cross a few rocky, muddy, low creek beds. We will double back where Stage Road intersects the Burma Road trail.

You need to have good hiking boots or sturdy shoes, water and sunscreen. Ken suggested that we can meet in front of Wallgreens at the Encina Grande shopping center at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Road and Oak Grove Road in Walnut Creek. After the hike we can consider going to Rocco's Italian restaurant next to Walgreens if people are interested. We will need to meet here as the trail-adjacent parking lot at Castle Rock cannot handle that many cars and will need to carpool to the actual trail site.

Address for the Walgreens is 2923 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek. The Encina Grande Shopping Center is right before the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Road & Oak Grove Road, on the right hand side.

Address for the park is 1700 Castle Rock Road in Walnut Creek.

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  • Lawrence

    Thanks for organizing Sam!

    June 22, 2013

  • Sue H

    I enjoyed the hike very much, but we should have started earlier due to the heat.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to everyone who came to the hike this morning, it was lots of fun. I'm hoping to get another one on the schedule soon.

    June 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Wish I could've hiked with you all! I already had other plans but I am looking forward to the next one, especially since I'm on summer break :)

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be wearing a white Microsoft Office T-shirt with a black baseball hat, and I'm parked in front between Safeway & Walgreen's.

    June 22, 2013

    • Erica B.

      Hey I'm coming but running a little late. I should be there in just a couple of minutes. I'm wearing tan shorts and a black hat and I'll have a little dog with me!

      1 · June 22, 2013

  • Tricia F.

    I'm sorry for the late notice but I'm not feeling well this morning. Maybe next time

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Francie S.

    Ok I think I can make it now :)

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Ken

    I will join you all next time!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Fred P.

    Family emergency has come up

    June 22, 2013

  • Freddie M.

    Sick as a dog. Really wanted to come but not up to it. Enjoy the hike.

    June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry gang but I have to cancel. Enjoy!

    June 22, 2013

  • Francie S.

    Sorry I am out late in San Francisco and don't know if I will be up in time but have fun everyone! It sounds like a fun hike!! Next time.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, just to clarify for everyone coming tomorrow: you can either meet us at the Walgreen's at the Encina Granda Shopping Center at 9:30 in Walnut Creek and carpool over to Castle Rock, or just meet us at 10 at the gate adjacent to the smaller parking lot at Castle Rock. We will be starting the actual hike around 10. Sorry about the confusion, it's just I'm trying to accommodate parking for everyone.

    June 21, 2013

  • Dianne H.

    Where in Encino the shopping center

    June 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Intersection of Ygnacio Valley Rd & Oak Grove Rd in Walnut Creek.

      June 21, 2013

  • Jill

    I'll meet you at the park at 9

    June 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jill, please note that the hike starts at 10, not 9. See you tomorrow :)

      June 21, 2013

  • Deb D.

    Last-minute conflict. Will miss this a lot.....

    1 · June 21, 2013

  • Tima

    Thanks Samantha for allowing me to come along on your investigative hike this morning. What a gorgeous area, nothing but pure nature, creeks, hills and lots of beautiful ancient oak trees to provide shade all through. The group will love this hike!

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It was fun! :)

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please note I have changed the meetup location due to the amount of participants. If you'd rather meet us at nine at Castle Rock, there is extra parking on the right hand side called the "Staging Area" as you enter the park (you'll have to walk from that area to the trail adjacent lot to meet us at the gate).

    June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Err, meant to type "meet us at ten at Castle Rock".

      June 18, 2013

  • Jess

    Anyone wants to carpool from Berkeley/Albany/Oakland?

    June 17, 2013

  • Tima

    what is the duration of this hike?

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Probably 80-90 minutes total. I am going to time it tomorrow and update the event accordingly.

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of my favorites.

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the time from 10:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Those that asked about the meeting spot see Ken's comments below. I think it will be a good idea as parking can be limited at Castle Rock.

    June 17, 2013

  • Cheryl B.

    I have never been to this park. I noticed in past comments people were discussing where to meet. Can we get an exact location for those of us who have never been to Castle Rock before. It would be unfair for some of us to miss the hike because we do not find the group.

    June 16, 2013

    • Ken

      Shopping center is at the intersection of ygnacio valley road and oak grove road, thanks.

      1 · June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great idea, Ken. I will add this to the meetup info.

      June 17, 2013

  • traci

    Is this a good hike for a 9&13 boys and my mom

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It's not too hilly but it is on the longer side - probably be 80-90 minutes total.

      June 17, 2013

  • Jerrie

    Approximately how long will hike be?

    June 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it will be no longer than 90 minutes, I am hiking the whole thing tomorrow and will get back to you.

      June 17, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Need to go out of town

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Turns out I need to go to LA Next weekend so will miss this one - I was looking forward to it. Will hook up on one that looks like a doable one for me.

    June 16, 2013

  • Kathleen

    I am looking forward to this Hike!

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey all, I am thinking we'll take the Stage Road route that enters into Mt. Diablo State Park. We'll go until the road forks and reverse our route back to the Castle Rock parking lot.

    May 31, 2013

  • Martha

    Where is the meeting place?

    May 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How about we meet at the gate at the far side of the parking lot?

      May 27, 2013

  • Ken

    Are we meeting at the. Castle rock parking lot? I live in this area. Let me know if any one is oming by bart. Thanks.

    May 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      How about we meet at the gate at the far side of the parking lot?

      May 27, 2013

  • Sharon

    What a great place to hike! Unfortunately I was in the area back in April.....Donner Canyon is a good hike and Mitchell Canyon is great hiking as well!

    May 27, 2013

  • Michael

    I am sorry I can't make this hike as I am getting back from Mexico that day but I am glad to see a Saturday hike

    May 27, 2013

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