Castle Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Walnut Creek, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail promises a plethora of wildlife and nice views. It features part of the American Discovery trail and Coast to Crest trail. If you are feeling ambitious you can Summit Mt. Diablo Take Castle Rock Trail to any number of the connecting trails make a loop
I parked at the trailhead and followed Stage Road, then onto the Little Yosemite Valley Trail. There was a steep climb. I turned right onto the Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail. Followed the Mokelumne Coast to the Crest Trail, then hiked another steep climb onto the Shell Ridge Trail and went down to the Diablo Scenic Trail. The Diablo Scenic trail led me back to the parking lot. Total 6.3 miles with average 3.0 mph. I got a good workout.
Nice run. Semi-shaded through the Stage road part. Bringing water is essential.
Good hike, not much shade so bring a lot of water in the Summer. Good climb in the beginning and the end, great to run in the middle.
It's a good trail, it's not et all hard or moderate .. It's definitely easy one ... Only thing to remember is that castle rock area use to be close during January to July 31. We was .5 miles close to rock but then came back this time due to close area. But I am gonna redo it on first Saturday of August . The park opens on north gate at 7:30 am.
Great hike enjoyed the views. Decent elevation climb. All in all a fun hike. Will be back!
I haven't been to Castle Rock in a long time. Great hike - almost 5 miles.
We hiked out from Castle Rock Park up over Wall Point to Macedo Ranch and back. I had a great time.
Started on the Stage Road trail. At first thought the hike would be too easy. Then discovered the various trails that head up and down the shell ridge. Like others said you can go easy or push yourself. I continued into the state park and went up to Castle rock. Great views. On the way back to the car saw two deer. Very nice variety of sites and a good workout. Watch out for Poison Ivy, lots of it in the state park around the trail to castle rock and other low lined areas.
Great trails. They start right next to the equestrian center, off the road on the right. I believe they have one Main loop which is a very wide nice trail. However they also have other smaller trails going off that, within the loop, with a lot of variety. There are both areas which are covered by trees and open areas with no shade. There are trails with some great steep elevation climbs and decents, and other ones that aren't as intense. Something for everyone here, and I highly recommend it.
Great trails for exercise because of all of the hills. Tons of groundhogs and hawks. There was a baby rattlesnake on the path, even as early as April. It connects to surrounding parks like Castle Rock and Old Borges Ranch. Best to do on a cool-warm day not a hot one because it is a fully exposed trail with no trees for shade.