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Sanborn Skyline Park to Castle Rock State Park

HARD 28 reviews

Sanborn Skyline Park to Castle Rock State Park is a 14.3 mile loop trail located near Saratoga, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
14.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2985 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

camping

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no dogs

All-day trek takes the best trails at two great parks along Skyline Boulevard southwest of Silicon Valley. This is a great route for expert hikers -- it starts out in the lush redwoods of Sanborn Skyline County Park southwest of San Jose, climbs to Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) and crosses over to Castle Rock State Park, where it takes the popular Saratoga Gap Trail and returns to Sanborn Skyline. Note this is very strenuous outing -- 16 miles with over 3,000 feet of elevation gain -- but could be an excellent training hike for High Sierra adventures like Yosemite's Half Dome. The views of the Santa Cruz Mountains are awesome at Castle Rock. On your way back, check out Indian Rock, just off the Skyline Trail -- it's one of many fascinating formations along this route. Trails on this hike: First leg from Sanborn Skyline: Sanborn Trail to the top of the ridge near Highway 35. > Skyline Trail till you see the crossing to Castle Rock State Park. Second leg from Castle Rock: Saratoga Gap Trail to Trail Camp > Service Road to Loughry Woods Trail > Cross Highway 35 Third leg: Skyline Trail back to Sanborn Trail > San Andreas Trail back to the parking lot at Sanborn Skyline Park.

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This was one for the books. It was very hard, lots of elevation and luckily it wasn't too hot of a day! Great single track for most of it, some fire road, super exhausting!

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Long and strenuous trail. In fact two trails combined into one.

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