hiking
2 hours ago

3.5/5. Decent hike, interesting perspective on the hills over here. Not a huge payoff at the end but still kinda cool. If you continue to the right a bit you'll be able to see into Almaden Valley. Trail is wide so distancing isn't a problem. Be careful of mountain bikers though as they tend to zoom down pretty fast. Good workout though.

hiking
20 hours ago

Lots of lengthy steep stretches and pretty strenuous but a nice hike. No views at the end, but if you take a right and walk a bit up the Kennedy trail there’s a view. Exposed for about 2/3 of the trail so I wouldn’t recommend this on a hot and sunny day.

Loved the trail. Amazing views of the bay from various points. Quick gain in elevation gives a good workout. This was a very cute trail with shade all along! Would definitely come back on this one

Castle Rock is one of my favorite places to visit for hiking. Plenty of shade, good weather, and scenic along the trail. However since SIP, some parts were overgrown. FYI, the park is now marked one way and this trail isn’t complete because of it. Also get here early morning due to limited parking.

hiking
4 days ago

Lots of shade. Good for hot summer day hike.

hiking
bugs
fee
5 days ago

Nice trail but the lookout was closed and there were a lot of flies. Otherwise shaded , good in hot weather .

hiking
rocky
6 days ago

I’ve been there yesterday (05/23) and the trail it was 12.8 miles. It’s hard but a good workout.

Shady in the first half, but no shade in the second half.

Little, not really many view points. Gravel path. Mountain bikers. Not too high traffic. Ok alternative since Bear Creek was nuts but probably wouldn’t do it again

hiking
7 days ago

Good trail for a workout. Lots of rattlesnakes.

mountain biking
rocky
7 days ago

Fantastic short trail for walking or biking. A little busy on the weekends. Took the bike out, easy ride other than a few steep inclines, well worth it for the views.

Not a great hike. Wonderful views- but that’s all it had going for it. It’s straight up and straight down fore road. Decently shaded on the way up, but then allllll sun all the way down. My knees were yelling at me all the way down. For me, this hike went from a 3star to a two because the end of it is ON THE WINDING ROAD NOT AT YOUR CAR. so you have to keep walking down the road with cars wizzing past to get back to where you started. Unsafe for adults, terrifying to do with kids.

hiking
9 days ago

This is a great climb. The top half has no shade, and there’s minimal parking so I recommend going early.

Good workout. Pretty views of the valley and reservoir. Gets you breathing but not intense. Short walk on the road back to the parking área.

Summit portion of trail is closed. Loved the scenery and chilly mountain air.

Nice wide trail with lots of bikers. Parking available on the road to the left as the parking lot fits only 2 or 3 cars. Steep climb and not a lot of shade. Saw 2 deer and lots of humming birds.

hiking
11 days ago

Mostly for bikers. The first half is up and shaded then second half is steep down and exposed. Small but adequate parking area on the side of the road. I wouldn’t rate this as my preferred hiking trail but might come here again if I get bored with other routes. The St Joseph’s hill trail a few hundred feet closer to highway 17 was nicer to hike. The wide priest rock trail by which this route descends is very steep. Going all the way up the priest rock trail might be an option for those looking for significant incline

hiking
13 days ago

I enjoyed this trail, walk 8.2 miles both ways. Beautiful sceneries and wild life. Bathrooms are open. Only giving it 4 stars because some of the bikers are very inconsiderate; they don’t mind the walkers no matter their age. I will return

hiking
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

I have it 4 stars because it seemed a little more than easy. The steepest portion is at the beginning right off the parking area. You have to walk up a very steep path which would not be good for small children and seniors. We followed the manzanita trail, but took it clockwise which was also steep. Next time we’ll do counter clockwise. Appreciated the colder misty rain because there are only a few shaded portions areas that are nice for warmer days. A well travelled trail. Expect to see many people and watch out for mountain bikers! Dogs allowed on-leash only.

hiking
muddy
14 days ago

hiking
off trail
rocky
14 days ago

Nice wide trail, not too crowded.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Challenging trail for sure. This trail doesn’t have the views but it’s a great workout. I highly recommend coming early morning before 8 amto beat the heat.

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