Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail

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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.

4.6 miles 1164 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
5 days ago

Amazing :)

11 days ago

13 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month 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.

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3 months ago

Very nice

3 months ago

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

hiking
3 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
4 months ago

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hiking
4 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!

4 months ago

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

trail running
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

Pretty easy hike with some cool rocks to climb