Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail

MODERATE 349 reviews
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Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Los Gatos, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Great views, challenging hiking in the hills southwest of Silicon Valley. With lush woods, gorgeous vistas, challenging trails and remarkable stone formations, Castle Rock State Park is a highlight reel for hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area. You'll find a fascinating mix to trees -- gnarled oaks, towering Douglas firs, bark-shedding madrones -- but the rocks steal the show. Large formations called "tafoni" (which look like the work of honeybees on steroids) formed over eons as weathering processes gradually reshaped the stone. Castle Rock is the most notable tafoni formation, but there are many more in the park.

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The correct track name is Saratoga Gap Loop. The track is considered average in difficulty, in time from 1.5 to 3 hours. I went for 1 hour 33 minutes, including small stops to take pictures. It was hot, but bearable, if you walk in the shade of trees, that it was impossible to do about 1/3 of the route.

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Note: We did not complete the full loop because we were running out of sunlight (and we had kids with us), so we took the inter-connector trail from Saratoga Gap Trail to Ridge Trail to head back sooner. That said- what we did experience was amazing! My husband and I each wore a kid in our carrier backpacks and our 4 year old hiked it by herself! It was definitely challenging at times with the rocky terrain but still doable. Please be aware that some parts of the trail are narrow with steep drop-offs on the side so I would advise holding your child's hand and using caution. The views of the Santa Cruz mountains were gorgeous and the rock formations are beyond cool. The kids loved it! We'll be back again for the full loop when we have more time to spend :)

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Beautiful hike - great views of the mountains and surrounding areas. Plenty of rocks/lookout points that extended over the side of the mountain that you could sit on and overlook the scenery. Not too difficult of a hike, but take the loop clockwise so that you are descending on the steepest parts of the trail.

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