Aug 3, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Strenuous Climb to Skyline
LENGTH: About 9 miles (approx. 4-4.5 hours with stop at Indian Rock)
Join us for a hike at beautiful Sanborn County Park in Saratoga. We'll make a fairly strenuous climb through beautiful Redwood groves to Skyline Blvd where we'll continue along Skyline to Indian Rock for a late morning snack. This lushly wooded park of over 3,688 acres, is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains between Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. Hike will take approximately 4 hours depending on how long we stop at Indian Rock and is fairly strenuous due to the climb up to Skyline. There is a $6.00 entrance fee at the park so carpooling is recommended. See carpool details below.
About Sanborn Park: Sanborn County Park is a lushly wooded park with over 3449 acres of mixed evergreen forests that is nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains and located between the town of Saratoga and Skyline Boulevard. Sanborn Park has over fifteen mles of trails with many options from easy nature walks to challenging hilly hikes all the way to Castle Rock and Skyline Blvd. One of the parks main features is the San Andreas Fault which cuts along Lyndon Canyon, Lake Ranch and Sanborn Road. Expect to see a variety of mixed terrain including Oak, Madrone, Douglas Fir and beautiful tall Redwood Trees.
Hike Description: Sanborn Trail to Indian Rock - You can connect to the Sanborn trail by walking through the campgrounds from the main parking lot. Take the Sanborn Trail all the way to the Skyline Trail where you will be hiking through beautiful Redwood groves all along the way. The climb to Skyline trail is fairly strenuous but once you get to the Skyline, the trail is mostly flat all the way to Indian Rock. Indian Rock is a great stopping point for lunch or snacks. Chances are you will see climbers on Indian Rock. For the descent back to Sanborn Park, you will return via Skyline Trail to the Sanborn Trail connecting to the San Andreas Trail back which will take you back to the parking lot.
Length and Elevation: This hike is approximately 4 to 4.5 hours long. If you want a slightly shorter hike, you can loop back to the parking lot from the San Andreas loop. Elevation 2800 feet.
Carpool Info: Meet at 8:00 a.m at 4th Street in Saratoga. The lot is located on located behind Plumed Horse Restaurant. On Highway 9 going through the village of Saratoga, turn right on 4th Street. Parking is first parking lot of the left hand side. [b]Driving Directions to Trailhead[/b]: Take 85 exit to Saratoga Avenue . Go through the village of Saratoga and up Highway 9. Take a left onto Sanborn Road. Drive for approximately one mile and you will come to the park entrance which is located on the right hand side. There is a $6.00 park entrance fee.