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Great loop and easy category is correct.

trail running
3 days ago

I did this trail with Bay Trail Runners! Beautiful trail! Plenty of shade and good elevation gains for a challenge.

Fairly easy trail with clean toilet facilities. the only moderate part of the trail was at the first leg of the hike for about half a mile.

Went early on Sunday morning, 3/4. Take the unmarked trail to the left of the trailhead sign to go directly to Castle Rock. Didn't seem worth it to me, but to each their own. Some snow on the ground from yesterday's storm, with the sun melting snow in the trees. Wasn't expecting rain! Once I got to the falls I didn't need my raincoat. Despite the rain from yesterday, the falls were just more than a dribble. Nice hike on the Saratoga Gap side, but the Ridge trail gave much better views. It was more difficult with roots, steeper climbs, and boulders/rocks on the path, but worth it. Took me 3.5 hours with a lunch break. Nice area just west of Goat Rock to have a picnic. I hope to come back one day to do the Skyline to the Sea hike. Love having a wooded trail this close to home!

One of my favorite hikes. Be prepared for the WIND up there! And it’s STEEP. Do not underestimate this trail. :-) just a really good workout. Enjoyable. Benches and restrooms along the trail. The views up there will make you forget about the “meh” part of the trail. Worth your time! Expect 2-3 hours.

14 days ago

Ideal local trail for a mid week early afternoon hike. Mostly flat terrain along vineyards then following a seasonal creek.
Beware of bobcats...you are sharing their habitat, though they would generally avoid human encounters. Great for beginning hikers or those wishing to enjoy a nice easy 2.3 mile loop.
Weekends can be quite crowded.

Fun trail. The stairs were fine (novice-moderate hiker, here). Great views of the Bay.

The 5 star rating is for the view and all the things that come around it. But me and my girls were physically unprepared and we were way too tired and winded that we went home depressed because al of our energy is gone lol!

Beautiful trail, with a few rocks to casually climb and get hidden gorgeous views:)
Trail itself is well maintained.

17 days ago

Excellent walk. Woodpeckers, dear, hawks, squirrels, turkeys, dogs, horses and herrings.

Many ups and downs. Great mountain views. Fun to watch rock climbing and bouldering.

18 days ago

Nice easy winter stroll. Great view of the bay and nearby hills/mountains. Fun to watch so many different species of birds.

Wet nice spot to hike, the views are incredible at some points, there is a look out deck about 2 miles in, and if u go a little further, there’s a huge rock on the edge of the cliff if ur brave enough to climb and sit and take an amazing photo..definitely would return here.

forgotten but done a couple of times...

Beautiful nature. A touching calmness.

Amazing trail

1 month ago

A beautiful combination of redwood forest and hilly vistas. Popular hike but not overly crowded the return part of the loop is mostly uphill and at times feels like a "hard" level, not "moderate". Recommend.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Check out my track if you want to do some mountain biking here.

Awesome hike - just be ready for the climb back out after the first half of descending! :)

Great hike! Beautiful scenery, especially on the way back up!!It feels like I was hiking around the hill. There is some sun but most of the trail is shady. First mile is straight up which is hard but it flattens out and descends which is okay. At the bottom is a small area to hang out/picnic/community garden. There is also a barn which has sheeps and goats which are fun to see. Trail is not marked well!! Can be cold during the winter at the top! Small parking lot of about 10 cars total. I found a spot on a non holiday weekend Sunday at around 1130am, otherwise find parking in the neighborhood.

You can also park at the Pantoll Station and hike down to Stinson Beach either from Dipsea or Steep Ravine, and hike back up either way.

First half is uphill but very doable. Beautiful views and redwoods. I would rate this easy not moderate, as it is only 2 miles gentle up and remainder down.

1 month ago

Great hike, beautiful views. Will definitively do again.

After taking a slight detour on to to castle rock trail, we headed back to Saratoga gap trail then on to goat rock trail. Tried to go on a side trail (climbers only trail) seen on this map to bypass backtracking but it is apparently private property— there was even a sketchy red sign saying people should “heed the warnings”.. didn’t risk it. We went left at the fork on Saratoga to castle rock falls first, then back around down (or up rather) ridge trail. Overall, great hike!

Great trail. Make sure to come early. Parking is very limited. Saw lots of wildlife.

Very nice views plus fun and good work out

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