Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop is a 7.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1469 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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7 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Very scenic hike. Starts with a gradual 1000ft descent followed by an ascent about half way through. The hike is not challenging, however the trail is very scenic, with a lot of amazing panoramic views. Do not let some negative reviews discourage you. The last part of the hike does take you on a private road through a household community, but I actually enjoyed seeing all the upscale houses. No reason not to hike this trail.

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1 month ago

2 months ago

First half of the trail is great, but the second half takes you on a local road which i didn't love. Would recommend instead taking the trail further east and coming back via skyline blvd trail.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

San Lorenzo River is pretty. However, after crossing the river, incessant sounds of gunshot continued through Travestine Springs Trail and most of Saratoga Gap Trail. Sometimes the sounds were very close and extremely made me uncomfortable. There were lots of bugs flying around me all through the hiking. Strongly recommend to carry repellent.

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3 months ago

This was a decent hike with some excellent overlooks. However, it doesn't mention in the description that a good portion of the hike is on pavement through a neighborhood. The rest of the hike was nice, though.

3 months ago

Nice trail with lots of shades. Not much elevation gain. Finished in 3 hours

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3 months ago

4 months ago

Pretty easy trail. Not sure why it's rated as hard