Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop

HARD 15 reviews

Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, CA 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.

7.4 miles 1472 feet Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful challenging trail that can be done any time of the year. Some very good climbs.

hiking
2 months ago

Couldn't exactly figure out where this trail starts from the parking lot. Ended up going to Summit rock and back.

3 months ago

The view from the top of the rocks is amazing

hiking
4 months ago

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.

trail running
4 months ago

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 !

hiking
4 months ago

We had a great time hiking the trail, but started to late. It was hot too. Bring lots of water.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

10 months ago

Great for a short hike.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Great trails and easily accessible from highway! Very beautiful park all year round

hiking
2 years ago

We loved it! Very nice views and we lived the rocks! Took funny pics too. Our hike was quite good.

hiking
4 years ago

hiking
5 years ago

Very good view when taking the ridge trail towards the coast