Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail

MODERATE 485 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
967 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

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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15 days ago

Very nice view.

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29 days ago

Mostly climbing but got some mileage in

hiking
1 month ago

Hike took about 2 hours to complete. A little bit more challenging than expected but you can definitely do this as a newer hiker. Shade was about 80%. For the sunny portions of the trail, make sure you bring enough water to stay hydrated! Would recommend bug repellent for those who are prone to getting bug bites (bugs we're aggressive at the start of the hike).Would definitely recommend! The views of the mountains are priceless!

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1 month ago

A more populated trail at first but eventually the people will thin out. Surprisingly challenging in a few spots. Great for a quick hike with fun rocks to climb through and around.

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hiking
2 months ago

-easy to moderate hike, ran most of the trail
-sun was intense, trees provided partial shade
-highlight was the rock climbing and navigating your own path up and into the rocks
-would love to do this one again some day

hiking
2 months ago

Great workout!