Castle Rock and Goat Rock Trail

MODERATE 468 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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9 days 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

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10 days ago

Great workout!

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15 days ago

Good trail. Gets a little dusty in the middle with no shade. I went on a really hot day so while the views were really good the heat killed the mood.

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Good

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17 days ago

This was an amazing hike. The views are insane! Definitely moderate so be prepared. My BF and I loved it

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