Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail

MODERATE 149 reviews
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Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

4.6 miles 1205 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Great views, challenging hiking in the hills southwest of Silicon Valley. With lush woods, gorgeous vistas, challenging trails and remarkable stone formations, Castle Rock State Park is a highlight reel for hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area. You'll find a fascinating mix to trees -- gnarled oaks, towering Douglas firs, bark-shedding madrones -- but the rocks steal the show. Large formations called "tafoni" (which look like the work of honeybees on steroids) formed over eons as weathering processes gradually reshaped the stone. Castle Rock is the most notable tafoni formation, but there are many more in the park.

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful hike! We took the Saratoga gap trail to the campgrounds and then took the rigde trail back to the main park entrance. The whole hike took about 3.5 hours but we made lots of stops to enjoy the views of Monterey Bay.

13 days ago

1 month ago

1 month ago

Very nice

1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful terrain and rock formations. Trail got very narrow and treacherous in some areas.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

We took the Ridge Loop to the Saratoga Gap Loop for a beautiful 5.2 mile hike. Stunning views and a moderate hike with some hills and a small amount of rock climbing. Many shady areas to cool down and enjoy the surroundings, even on a hot day. Halfway through the hike you can go to the campground for bathrooms and to fill your water bottle, if you need. Busy on the weekend, but did not detract from the hike.

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Great trail for a casual hike! Aside from climbing through some rocky areas this trail is very easy. It has some pretty great views, just make sure to get there early (8am)! When we got there at 8 there were only a few cars parked and we only saw about 10 people, but on our way out it was a constant stream of people trying to hike...and the parking lot was a nightmare, you won't find parking!

3 months ago

The views here are incredible! Make sure to grab a map... Some spots aren't marked well.

trail running
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Pretty easy hike with some cool rocks to climb

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful views and decent camp (Castle Rock Trail Camp). Bring bug spray in the summer!

3 months ago

Gosh rock is one of my favorite trails in the bay

hiking
4 months ago

First thing you should do is get a map and check it before following a trail post. We made a wrong turn and underestimated a certain pass and add another 2 miles uphill to our hike (which honestly was worth it cause if the views). There's no watering points so bring a little extra water unless you go early, but either way it's fairly shaded.
Overall this is a perfect moderately challenging (depending on route) hike. You can make it longer and more challenging by taking different trails that branch off these trails. The views from goat rock were incredible. The views at the waterfall were meh. Mostly cause the water is down right now so it's basically just a trickle. Not too paved so it feels more natural. And there is wildlife like deer and birds. However, there's a gun club that's active on the weekends and that's annoying for a mile but the sound wore off soon after.
Enjoy this hike, it's really on of the better trails in NorCal!

hiking
4 months ago

Pros: Most of the trail is shaded, there are some awesome views along the ridge, camping and rock climbing

Cons: The mid point of the loop is at a lower elevation, so no matter which way you go, you're going uphill on return. (I suggest going clockwise as the incline is more gradual).