Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

This is a good option for when Castle is too crowded

Very good!!

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty and challenging not waterfall though

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.

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

walking
3 months ago

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

Love the trees

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Beautiful forested trail. A bit steeper than description describes. The trail in a few places has some trees and rocks that you have to hope over.

6 months ago

Short and sweet trail. Mostly tree-covered trail with some moderate inclines and declines. Good place to hike for 1.5 - 2 hour. Trail head is a 10min ride from Saratoga Main Street.

Could be signed better

This was one for the books. It was very hard, lots of elevation and luckily it wasn't too hot of a day! Great single track for most of it, some fire road, super exhausting!

Long and strenuous trail. In fact two trails combined into one.

11 months ago

Paved but moderately steep incline from the parking lots. Small waterfalls and beautiful redwoods.

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Very shaded, low traffic and at times narrow trail. Peaceful hike through the woods, including some redwoods! Didn't really get to a scenic summit but went 8 miles total by taking a different loop down.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lots of redwoods. Beautiful streams full of water right now. Perfect for summer hiking.

hiking
Sunday, January 01, 2017

This trail was a nice work out and a lot of fun! It's got a challenging assent with nice tree coverage, once you cross skyline road you get some wide open sky and nice views, then the decent is quick mostly down hill so you can move fast. It took me about five and a half hours with almost no breaks except to take photos.

If you think of parking at Sanborn County Park, beware that they only open at 8:00. Except from that great trail : physical ups, easy to run flats, rocks to practice agility and technical downs. Extensively used AllTrail map and that saved me several times : thanks guys !

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Nice walk. Lots of shadow. I would like it better if there were circle options.
Great trail anyway.

hiking
Thursday, July 28, 2016

Did a morning hike to get myself ready for the school year- got out at ten after an hour long drive. Very few cars in the lot. Since we arrived a little behind schedule, we decided to do a reverse loop, with the switchback climb primary.

The switchback climb ends 2.2 miles after the trailhead. Most of the climb is a strenuous elevation gain with very few breaks from the incline. There are, however, trail junctions at which you can take a momentary break. To get a good workout, we completed the uphill climb in 45 minutes. We were drenched in sweat by the time we reached the upper junction.

It wasn't worth going up to Skyline. Trying to get back by 11:30, we turned and started the downhill. The decline had many more unguarded spots (i.e no shade) and a few great views. All of the creeks by the top of the hike are, unfortunately, dried out this time of year.

Most of the decline is a fire road, but the first third of the decline is somewhat narrow and you need to be attentive to the ridges both above and below you. The trail eventually opens up and you'll see more hikers.

The trail is a wonderful, strenuous elevation gain followed by an equally steep, but exponentially easier, descent that offers great views and the option to follow a creek (only recommend that in the winter) to finish the hike.

The base has both stagnant and rushing water. The small creek by the trailhead is clean enough to drink from without purifying (though I don't recommend that!) along with picnic benches. We saw a camp of 15-20 four year olds as we finished the hike (11:00 camp) so beware of that.

In conclusion, this trail is as good as it gets around here! Bonus: dogs are allowed!

hiking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great hike in the shade. Strenuous going up, love that.

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hiking
Monday, December 14, 2015

Dogs allowed!

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

Gorgeous hike. We personally hate hiking in direct sunlight- it's hot, drains your energy, and is harsh on your skin. The great thing about this trail? It's 95% shaded for the entire hike. The hike is beautiful, serene, quiet, and the canopy of trees protects you from overheating. We put in about 8 miles here and the hike was a challenge, but felt amazing.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Shaded the whole way, so great for hot days. LOTS OF BUGS. BRING BUG SPRAY.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Shady

hiking
Saturday, May 02, 2015

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Monday, January 13, 2014

I love how this scenic park allows dogs. There are so many picnic spots as well.

hiking
Saturday, August 10, 2013

This was a great, moderately difficult, very shady hike. There are parts that are narrow and you have to be careful.

There are excellent campgrounds at the base and fairly crowded. But as soon as you climb for about 15mins, you are alone in the forest. :)

Which brings me to an important point: this hike is in a fairly forested area and I came across very few hikers. If you are alone, you may want to be alert as there are patches that I thought perhaps a mountain lion maybe around. At one time, I had to stop as I heard some leaves rustling, and after looking around for a min, I noticed it was a deer. It can be a little freaky if you are alone. Ofcourse controlling your mind and thinking is most important. Keep calm and carry on. :)

I would recommend hiking with a friend for this one. Just because you hardly see other hikers as you get high up on the mountain.

Great hike overall.

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