Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, California that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
Beautiful challenging trail that can be done any time of the year. Some very good climbs.
Couldn't exactly figure out where this trail starts from the parking lot. Ended up going to Summit rock and back.
The view from the top of the rocks is amazing
Hiked it Sunday July 3rd. First two thirds okay but not very challenging. Last third was unimpressive - On paved road with little shade. If you like paved road, you will like this section. We did not. Also, the local gun club provided a constant barrage of gunfire for the background soundtrack. Not a bird to be heard.
The loop is actually a triangle formed by 3 trails: down Saratoga Toll Road Trail - Travertine Springs Trail - up on Saratoga Gap Trail. The latter includes a portion on asphalt road. It's a little confusing so better take a map. Most of it is shaded by trees and with nice elevation changes. Very few people too. Great time !
We had a great time hiking the trail, but started to late. It was hot too. Bring lots of water.
I made the mistake of not knowing my start location. We ended up hiking all the way around the park in a big Loop. The map does not do a good job of showing you where you are, so I recommend using an app with the maps installed on it. It was a fantastic trip, with a waterfall. Hiking in the woods we saw a massive redwood tree. Not many people were on this part of the trail I was surprised, it was by far the largest tree in the part.
Great for a short hike.
Great trails and easily accessible from highway! Very beautiful park all year round
We loved it! Very nice views and we lived the rocks! Took funny pics too. Our hike was quite good.
Very good view when taking the ridge trail towards the coast