Big Basin and Castle Rock Loop

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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 difficult. 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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8 months ago

Beautiful challenging trail that can be done any time of the year. Some very good climbs.

hiking
8 months ago

Couldn't exactly figure out where this trail starts from the parking lot. Ended up going to Summit rock and back.

8 months ago

8 months ago

The view from the top of the rocks is amazing

hiking
10 months ago

Hiked it Sunday July 3rd. First two thirds okay but not very challenging. Last third was unimpressive - On paved road with little shade. If you like paved road, you will like this section. We did not. Also, the local gun club provided a constant barrage of gunfire for the background soundtrack. Not a bird to be heard.

trail running
10 months ago

The loop is actually a triangle formed by 3 trails: down Saratoga Toll Road Trail - Travertine Springs Trail - up on Saratoga Gap Trail. The latter includes a portion on asphalt road. It's a little confusing so better take a map. Most of it is shaded by trees and with nice elevation changes. Very few people too. Great time !

hiking
10 months ago

We had a great time hiking the trail, but started to late. It was hot too. Bring lots of water.

11 months ago