Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail

MODERATE 452 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

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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It is quite challenging but the views are spectacular. Go only if you are experience hikers! There were a lot of bugs end of august, we had bug repellent but they just keep attacking...

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19 days ago

This is one of my favorite and usual hiking trip. Castle rock's main and complete hike throughout the park (that can be done in few hours). Although all parts of this trail are good, but lately, there have been lot of bugs and mosquitos around the whole trees and shade (80% of trail). Irritating and takes away 1 star.

19 days ago

Arrived early around the time the park opens to avoid the crowds on the holiday weekend. Really enjoyed the amount of shade and the views. Didn't mind the rocks either added a bit more of a workout.

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20 days ago

Very good, shade 80% of the trail. Some points with incredible views. Good with kidz starting 7-8 years old.

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