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The hike is between easy to moderate. I went clockwise and found it enjoyable. The views of ocean and pine trees of rangers there are very blissful to see. Sometimes, the trail totally vanishes and all you have to do is to get past the boulder or rock covering it. Please carry bug repellent as there are lot of blood sucking insects and they will keep swarming you. Most of the time I could only only hear them. This trail would be very beautiful in raining season.

Great hike with nice variety of views, rocks, and a stream. Took us 3hrs.

Felt like hard tho had lots of fun. Saw wild fox.

hiking
9 days ago

Very nice and shady hike. Saw several banana slugs and all kinds of birds. Very few people this morning and we got there that at about 10:30am on Sunday. The sandstone deck is a nice photo op. There were some mountain bikers who were quite cautious and respectful. That little portion down to the bottom of Fir trail is awesome. The rest of the hike is easy but sticking with that descent and hike up gives you a great little workout with plenty of time to relax for the remainder of the hike.

hiking
11 days ago

nice hike. better to do early on hot day.

My daughter and I rate this as one of our favorite trails. We do it often and the views are always spectacular.

Great trail. Recommend using this app to navigate as trails are mostly (but not always) marked and easy to follow. Hiked up to Coyote Peak, which was well worth it. Lots of animals to see in the morning! Huge shout out to Tony H. for leaving his trekking poles for hikers to borrow. Helped me a lot! Definitely going to buy some for myself. I suggest using some if there are any in the loaner bin. Start early! Mostly uncovered. Wonderful vistas. 8 miles in 3.75 hours (including lengthy break at Coyote Peak)

I highly enjoyed this trail when I lived in STL. I would drive 30 mins to come to this park almost weekly. The trail is nice and easy to navigate. The views are great and even better in the winter.

5.5m loop took me about 3 hrs. Average hiker here just to give you an idea. Do not worry about getting lost all trail fork had a trail signs and distance. During my hike in the am sometimes it gets foggy so did not see the views. Easy and fun.

This is a beautiful hike. I took my grandchildren on this trail. We did not do the whole trail but enjoyed what we did do.

Really good. No sunshine even in sunny day thats good for me. Good views

hiking
29 days ago

Completed within 3 hours. Many zigzags and wildflowers! An enjoyable and energizing trail.

A enjoyable loop with elevation and more sun exposure in the first half (PG&E, Upper High Meadow)., There is a vista point at top with great scenery - a good spot to take a rest!
I completed the entire loop within 3-4 hours.

Great trail for running - it’s half shaded in hot summer months (the spring ridge part of the trail has no shade) and it’s not very steep (only 1000 feet over distance of 2 miles). Views coming down on spring ridge are great!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with a good amount of shade. Lots of up and down slopes which provides a substantial work out. Relatively popular but not overly crowded. Parking is a challenge so do beware.

Completed the trail with my 9 year old. Was a beautiful experience. Lower wildcat loop trail was closed due to mountain lion sighting.

Beautiful and great views!!

hiking
1 month ago

Overall a decent trail. The first half was nice, with a good amount of shade. The trail got very steep in the middle, and the second half was almost completely exposed to the sun. The second half was also a biking trail and had good views, but was pretty uncomfortable on a hot day (~90 degrees).

hiking
1 month ago

moderate level hike. not much to say about the scene if you have done hikes like mt. diablo etc. the climb up is easy except for 203 sections of 500yards where there is an incline. mostly exposed to sun and not much special features. view from peak covers the lower bay. nothing spectacular, depending on the temparature on the day hike can go from moderate to hard. we had a group of six hiking starting at 8am ( gates open at 8 so be prepared to wait or park more than a mile back and hike, not worth). heat ramped up spectacularly by 12 and the exposed nature of the hike makes it an endurance hike, trail markers can be confusing for some. in summary a one time doable. cant say the same for repeat hikes

Sunny hike. Not a lot of elevation. My experience in the link below.
https://dheerajfavs.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/hiking-in-rancho-san-antonio-county-park/

We took the Hamms Gulch up amd instead of taking this loop, turned left and took the lost trail to Razorback Ridge trail and back around - about 10 miles per the Fitbit and a lovely hike for a warm day as almost all in redwood and laurel first. Wildflowers everywhere, even at the end of May and many birds, including a peregrine falcon. Saw a baby gopher snake on the trail - I liked that. Anyway a great moderate hike. Will need to go back and go up to the actual windy hill!

hiking
1 month ago

Steep (10+% grade) for first 2 miles, ease up on rest. Peak is a non-event. Trail almost completely shaded. Great hike!

trail running
1 month ago

Good variety of terrain. Good steep sections with flat sections in between. Enough shade to not burn under the sun. Loved it!

trail running
1 month ago

I run a shorter loop of this trail. It’s 5 miles and I love the way it flows. The view from the top is incredible.

glad this was preserved. open land pretty close to the road but still deer, rabbits and other wildlife. even a small 4 site campground. A nice bit of Nature so close to the urban area.

Nice views along the trail, variety of wildlife - tons of flowers and trees sighted. May get hot in the summer but was great for a 70-80 degree day with plenty of shade.

beautiful scenery and ideal for morning hikes for the crisp air and pretty dew on foliage. definitely looking forward to hiking some of the other trails at Castle Rock next time.

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