Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, California 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.
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.
My favorite hike.
Awesome hike. With stops to take pictures and soak in the amazing views we hiked the whole trail in under 2 hours easily. There are many different types of trees with beautiful hues in the bark and moss as you go up and down the trail. Lots of cool rocks that truly make it a "big kid" playground, and there's even a waterfall with a nice lookout point. The waterfall wasn't flowing with much gusto, but it had water which is nice to see these days in California. There are some rocks that you have to walk over on the trail, but there are helpful hand holds and some rails to get you along the trail.
Good hike with great views. not for everyone as the trail conditions can be a bit rough with slippery rocks and climbing over big rocks my main complaint is with the noise from the shoot range I don't get a sense of nature it can be like machine guns fire at times.
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.