Explore the most popular walking trails in Sanborn County Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice flat stroll through the forest at Sanborn County Park. Great for walking the dogs. Note there is very little parking at the Sanborn Rd trailhead.

16 days ago

Okay hike. Pretty steep with some shade here and there. Consistent incline throughout the whole thing.

Decent hike. Lots of inclines for a good workout. Saw some deer and butterflies, but not many views. Lots of shade though so good on a hot day.

Good easy hike. beautiful redwoods. wide trails, dog friendly

Nice shade throughout. Beautiful change in climate and landscape between Sanborn and Castle Rock. Very hard hike but one of my favorites. Exhausted at the end of it.

We hiked twice in the last two weeks. First time we stopped at Skyline, because the mist was getting heavier; The second time we were sort of lost as the sign wasn’t quite clear after Skyline. There were many bugs flying around and it was not pleasant at all. We hiked 14.5 miles but only gained 2700 ft of elevation. We liked the first part, the bugs could be due to the hot and humidity.

hiking
2 months ago

pretty consistent incline, but perfect for heartrate.

Love this trail and all surrounding. The area is my favorite, a perfect balance between nature features, challenging terrain, and beautiful forest.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and moderate forest trail with plenty of nature features to check out.

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed the sanborn trail!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Excellent trail for biking. I'm still working myself into shape (and I'm no spring chicken) so I struggled a bit but made it up to the peak. Intermediate and advanced riders will cruise up. Killer view. Very, very fun cruise down. Will definitely do again soon but I will bring bug spray for the climb.

trail running
3 months ago

Good elevation, running through the red woods is always fun. First quarter mile a little trickier to navigate due to lack of signage and it being my first time on this route. Fog was rolling over the mountains today for a nice tree rain at the top. $6 parking fee if you want to park inside the park.

hiking
3 months ago

It was challenging on the way up pretty steep the first few miles. Not the best marked but not difficult to navigate. I will definitely be back.

Good hike even in hot weather as 80% of it is in the shade. We really enjoyed the workout and the views. Not crowded at all. Definitely recommend for trail running and for local summer hiking. It took us 6 hours to complete. Download the map - it gets confusing sometimes.

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a fire road trail so it’s nice and wide with nice views of the redwoods. Not much to see till the end. Mainly mountain biking was seen on the trail.

great hike

This is a good option for when Castle is too crowded

Very good!!

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty and challenging not waterfall though

Most of the people were met were actually riding bicycles, looks like a tough bike trail. From hiking point of view, it's a moderate trail, mostly inside forest with one spectacular vista point overlooking Silicon Valley. It's pretty wet, so waterproof hiking boots are nice to have. Limited parking. Only one portable toilet at the trailhead. No water.

trail running
5 months ago

Had a blast running this yesterday. The elevation seems off though my Garmin clocked it at 2,082” in elevation gain.
It’s a beautiful trail to run either way.

Sanborn was pretty with all the trees but kind of boring honestly. Once we crossed over to the castle Rock side on the Saratoga gap trail it was gorgeous! Make sure you've downloaded the map because some of the intersections aren't very well marked.

Closed off right now about a mile from the trailhead. We were going to walk up and hike it anyways, by someone was guarding the trailhead and told us no. There’s a side trail that you can do on the left, but we decided to find a different hike.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Nice moderate/easy climb to the top. Trail is shaded the entire length. Downhill is fast with good flow. Busy on the weekends, so watch for hikers and other bikers heading up/down.

Sanborn Park is nicely shaded while part of trails in Castle Rock Park offers great view.

walking
7 months ago

Going up through the walk in campground to the Peterson trail and back is doable with a stroller

Love the trees

We do this loop several times a year. A great workout, and very beautiful.

hiking
8 months ago

The short part of the trail to Summit Rock was open today and provided beautiful views of the bay area. We learned that this part of the trail is normally only open from October to late January.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Very impressed with this trail. Takes a good amount of work to get to the top (had to hike my bike for a few spots) but the way down is worth it!

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