Castle Rock Trail to Saratoga Gap Trail and Ridge Trail Loop

MODERATE 841 reviews
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Castle Rock Trail to Saratoga Gap Trail and Ridge Trail Loop is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Saratoga, 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: 5.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,213 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

skiing

trail running

bird watching

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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 of 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) 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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rocky
5 days ago

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over grown
9 days ago

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rocky
scramble
11 days ago

Completed this on a Friday in July - it was very hot in the exposed portions (make sure to bring enough water), but absolutely beautiful overall. Amazing views, fun rocks to scramble over, lots of varied terrain, even a slight, yet steep, waterfall in the middle of July! Overall, absolutely gorgeous, challenging, and fun!

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rocky
17 days ago

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28 days ago

-more bugs than other hikes I've been on, it might be because of summer? (idk) -the best views are going to be outside of the foresty areas -what's really cool about the place is the unique climbing experience on the trails something about this place doesn't wow me, i won't be back

hiking
29 days ago

First hiking

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rocky
30 days ago

I would recommend you carry enough water, ensure you have battery backup for your mobile phone. Signal coverage is very poor and having *AllTrails* helped me load my map very easily and also gave very detailed trails. It is peak summer so I would think this trail is best taken in spring.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for a family. Mostly easy. Amazing views and plenty of places for kids to scramble on the rocks. It was also mostly empty on a Thursday morning/afternoon. Plenty of parking available.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

We did this hike on 6/2 as a training hike for summer. There are sections that are rocky and a few times where you will be doing some light scrambling. The first half of the hike is mostly downhill and then the back side is mostly just straight up. Some nice views on the first part of the hike before being back in the trees the latter half. We started in the late afternoon and ran into mosquitoes near the end, so be prepared. Overall, a moderate to difficult hike, depending on your hiking/fitness levels.

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muddy
1 month ago

Amazing overlooks. A little shaddy at the beginning, get hoodie. Relatively easy to park at 3pm memorial day.

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

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rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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bugs
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Awesome!! So so beautiful. Def crowded parking - we just got super lucky. Love all the rock scrambling - but def not a good hike if you have issues with heights. Nice mix of shade and exposure. Definitely more than 5.5 miles!

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rocky
2 months ago

I would recommend the trail for those who are training and/or preparing for the Spartan or Terrain Race. Half part of the trail is very scenic with a little bit of rock climbing and half part is all trees. There's a lot of shades. I got there around 8:26 AM and there was a lot of parking. People started coming by 8:45 AM and by 9:00 AM parking is already full. There are public toilets available.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice shaded trail, slight ascension sporadically. Saw vultures feasting on carcass in recent trip.

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bugs
2 months ago

Beautiful views. Challenging trail with rocks to climb over. Crowded at times. Will be back again.

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bugs
2 months ago

We arrived at 10am on a Saturday and at that time it was already very hard to find a parking lot. The view is amazing and some part of the trail is a little bit hard. Overall we are happy we made it.

Great hike! Parking is insane right now... get there early

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