nature trips

trail running


no dogs




Situated in Santa Cruz Mountains, Castle Rock State Park features mossy forests with Douglas-fir, coast redwood, and madrone trees. The park's unusual rock formations are a big hit with rock climbers. The park boasts 32 miles of hiking trails and horseback riding trails that link up with an extensive trail system that connects the Santa Clara and San Lorenzo valleys as well as Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and the Pacific Coast. This beautiful California State Park is great place to take a weekend trip from the San Francisco Bay Area or San Jose and enjoy some bird watching or hit up the picnic areas, but be advised that basic backcountry campsites for backpackers are the only camping option. Equestrians are urged to call ahead for current trail information and due to high fire hazard, smoking is prohibited on the trails within Castle Rock State Park. Dogs are also not allowed on the trails or in the campground.

Very nice view.

22 days ago

23 days ago

Loved all the scenery, steady slope of trail, cushioned, great weather for mNovember, but the first half of the hike (castle rock to Jay camp) just hugged a road the whole time. My group and I felt like hitchhikers and didn't get the satisfaction that we were hiking deep into the redwoods. Second half was MUCH BETTER (Jay camp to Waddell beach) and would definitely do that section again!

Mostly climbing but got some mileage in