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Castle Rock Nature Trail [CLOSED] is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is best used from April until November.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 265 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Rock climbing Walking Cave Wild flowers Wildlife Closed No dogs
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As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 What is open now due to COVID 19? Castle Rock State Park is open from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. The Kirkwood parking lot. Day-use parking fees will be collected at the kiosk. Protective measures are in place for visitor and staff safety. Credit card payments are encouraged. Masks are required at the kiosk in accordance with the Santa Cruz County health order. Trails – Trail systems that allow for social distancing are marked as one-way. Select restrooms in the proximity of the parking lots will be available. What is closed? Falls Overlook Interpretive Shelter and connector trails leading to the Interpretive Shelter Connector trails leading to Castle Rock Trail Camps and trailhead for Skyline To The Sea trail Amphitheater at Kirkwood entrance All picnic tables/benches Sempervirens Point and Overflow dirt parking lot

Parking in the lot or on the road. $8 fee for parking in the lot (often full on weekends). Ticket booth often manned. Use "iron ranger" for payments if no one is around. Restroom at parking lot. No drinking water available. (booth may have some bottles for sale)

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Vardi Nir
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Mervin John
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Jaime Khoo
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Jeff Zheng
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Hiking

This is very nice trail, Very beautiful. Due to COVID-19 the entry of the trail is different than the map. The trail is all one way, so you will not meet other people. But you will use the Kirkwood entice for this trial(just follow the sign). Please don't use the entry on the map

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Aseem Chaudhary
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Joe Sherman
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Hiking

Great hike. Pretty busy on a Saturday. Lots of nice views and mixed terrain.

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Adriana Poo
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Hiking

Great for kids. Castle Rock and Castle Rock falls are a must.

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Daniel Poo
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Took a wrong turn but it worked out.

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Dave Spence
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Hiking

The map needs updating here. There’s a fancy new parking lot and as a result some of the trails have been closed or rerouted. But it’s still a fantastic place to go for short or longer hikes alike.

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Romchoung Gina
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Hiking

Beautiful view and the rock formations is breathtaking!!! A lot of shade. Nice clean trail.

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Ciara Cipponeri
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Hiking

Fairly easy to hike, would be a good place for bouldering.

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Brent Stewart
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Hiking

Great little walk. Colder than you might expect so layer up!

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Jim Moss
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Nature trips
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State Park Docents are often present on Weekends. Pictures show some key points. Fire ant hill, woodpecker tree, castle rock with its tafoni, giant Douglas Fir trees, and oak forest.

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Jie Bai
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Christophe V
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Bala Ramachandran
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Dan Manea
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Danielle Blakeman
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Goutham Panneeru
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Marianne David
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Koundinya Nidumolu
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Irina Goncharuk
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Yevgeniya Perederey
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Mariana Sanchez
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John Martin
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chen yi
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chen yi
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Kevin Chou
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Fabrizio Guerrieri
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