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Best trails in Castle Rock State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Castle Rock State Park, California? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 9 moderate trails in Castle Rock State Park ranging from 6 to 20 km and from 242 to 969 meters above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Within a short drive from Santa Cruz, San Jose, and San Francisco, miles of hiking trails, and coastal redwoods as far as you can see... What more could you ask for? Castle Rock State Park is a great place for a hike or some rock climbing. There are picnic areas and restrooms onsite.

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Map of trails in Castle Rock State Park
Park information
Area:
2,121 hectares
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
8:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
8:00 am - dusk
Thursday
8:00 am - dusk
Friday
8:00 am - dusk
Saturday
8:00 am - dusk
Sunday
8:00 am - dusk
Contact
408-868-9540
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Top trails (12)
#1 - Castle Rock, Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trail Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 20.0 km • Est. 5 h 59 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
#2 - Ridge Trail to Goat Rock Overlook, Emily Smith Observation Point, and Saratoga Gap Trail
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 6.0 km • Est. 2 h 2 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
#3 - Saratoga Gap Trail and Ridge Trail Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 8.4 km • Est. 2 h 7 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
#4 - Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 11.4 km • Est. 3 h 39 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
#5 - Castle Rock Nature Trail
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 2.6 km • Est. 49 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
#6 - Saratoga Gap to Castle Rock Falls Overlook and Castle Rock Trail
Castle Rock State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(84)
Length: 2.9 km • Est. 1 h 4 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
#7 - Castle Rocks Lower Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 10.1 km • Est. 3 h 21 m
NOTE: As of July 2020, there are closures along this loop that may affect your hike. Additionally the trail should now be hiked in one direction. Please check here for updates: https://www.parks.ca.gShow more
#8 - Castle Rock, Goat Rock, and Indian Rock Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 10.8 km • Est. 3 h 42 m
Please note that Summit Rock is closed Feb. 1 to Aug. 31, 2020. No access is allowed.​ This includes all boulder/climbing areas as well. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking optionShow more
#9 - Indian Rock Ranch Skyline Trail Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 14.6 km • Est. 4 h 48 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
#10 - Michael's Summit Loop
Castle Rock State Park
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Length: 7.9 km • Est. 2 h 48 m
What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in plShow more
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