Castle Rock Trail

MODERATE 124 reviews
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Castle Rock Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Walnut Creek, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
892 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This trail promises a plethora of wildlife and nice views. It features part of the American Discovery trail and Coast to Crest trail. If you are feeling ambitious you can Summit Mt. Diablo Take Castle Rock Trail to any number of the connecting trails make a loop

hiking
2 days ago

Lot of parking options, go down near the stables (not the school) for your best options. The start of the hike is pretty average - not much to look at other than Castle rock. Crossed a few very small streams but easy to navigate without getting wet. The back half of the hike is pretty amazing - green wide open space and some interesting rock formations. Few more Mountain bikers & cows on this section but still peaceful

hiking
1 month ago

FYI the Little Yosemite portion of the trail was marked with a sign that said no dogs.

2 months ago

Love this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Interesting rock formations

hiking
4 months ago

6 months ago

falcons soaring over head. The beauty of Mt Diablo and the rolling hills set as the back drop of several trail choices. Many fun and low difficulty rating trails.

trail running
8 months ago

Followed exact course and GPS said 1,300 ft elev. Also 6 miles. It was beautiful!! Mostly runnable hills except for a few sections. Deer, rabbits, vultures. Some sections torn up by rain and then livestock. Made it more technical than it used to be. If running, highly recommend trail shoes.

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely hike through Caste Rock today. It's been breezy and temperatures in the high 60s, low 70s. I saw a family of quail, with lots of little ones still, and a family of turkeys with about 6 youngsters. Water running in the creek still and wildflowers still out but reaching the end.

hiking
9 months ago

Hard, not moderate. The last part has an extremely sharp downgrade.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is mostly dog friendly, even with lots of off leash areas, but we did have to turn around and do a different loop as the end part is in Mt Diablo State Park where dogs aren't allowed

walking
10 months ago

Wildflowers and interesting rock formations

hiking
10 months ago

Some of the trails going outside the Castle Rock Recreational Area do not allow dogs, choose your loops wisely. Otherwise, great trails. Stage Road Trail has several small creeks to cross and good shade. Diablo Scenic Trail has amazing views, as well as Shell Ridge Trail and others.

hiking
11 months ago

Used to Hike this area as a kid before the area was all built up. I lived on Comistas and all the land behind us was cattle farming.

hiking
11 months ago

Wonderful trail with lots of streams running through. Be prepared to cross multiple creeks that cut across the trail. Most streams had rocks you could easily jump on to cross. There is a section of the trail that allows dogs off leash.

11 months ago

Due to the rain we had, a lot of the smaller trails that start from the main trail are closed. However, it is so green! The greenest I've ever seen! And the creek that the trail runs along is moving and noisy!

hiking
11 months ago

Very muddy, cattle tracks left very big holes down the entire trail.

hiking
Monday, February 13, 2017

This is a great hike but you need to do it when it is completely dry. The trail crosses what is usually a creek but is completely flooded and requires getting wet to pass if it's been raining. We had to turn back and go through Buckeye Ravine. About 75% of the trail was mud even after 4 days of no rain. The views are great. There are really only two areas of steep incline but besides those, it's an easy hike.

walking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

Great view. Didn't go till end. Walked less than 2 miles. We carried a stroller for our 1 year daughter and bike for our 6 year old. Some parts on the trail and rocky and steering the stroller is tough.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I parked at the trailhead and followed Stage Road, then onto the Little Yosemite Valley Trail. There was a steep climb. I turned right onto the Briones to Mt. Diablo Regional Trail. Followed the Mokelumne Coast to the Crest Trail, then hiked another steep climb onto the Shell Ridge Trail and went down to the Diablo Scenic Trail. The Diablo Scenic trail led me back to the parking lot. Total 6.3 miles with average 3.0 mph. I got a good workout.

trail running
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nice run. Semi-shaded through the Stage road part. Bringing water is essential.

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