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blue Castle Rock Loop

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Trail

3.4 mile 5.4 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 749' 228 m
Descent: -756' -230 m
High: 3,155' 962 m
Low: 2,632' 802 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Anina Middleton

A beautiful wooded loop with openings for views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Anina Middleton

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly This is a pretty simple loop and can be made shorter for smaller children.

Overview

The views are spectacular and really show off the beauty of the Santa Cruz area. This is definitely a great climber's trail with boulders and routes along the way, especially on Castle Rock Trail.

Description

Start on Castle Rock Trail. You'll get to a big climbing spot that is pretty recognizable, and if you go around that, the trail continues until you hit the falls. Some parts of the trail are a bit small, but pretty easy to find. Climb the short hill to get up to Saratoga Gap Trail and take a left.

Follow the Saratoga Gap Trail and be sure to enjoy the amazing views of the Santa Cruz Mountains along the way. Take a right onto the short Interconnector Trail to connect to Ridge Trail on the right and follow this trail back to Saratoga Gap Trail again. Make a left and you'll be headed back to the main parking lot. In this direction, Saratoga Gap Trail has amazing views of the valley.

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Jun 22, 2019
Lana S
Great views! 4.3mi — 1h 45m
Jun 2, 2019
Madhav S
May 21, 2019
Jaehong Park
Apr 28, 2019
Hattori Yoshiya
6.8mi — 2h 30m
Mar 31, 2019
Frank Lin
Dec 29, 2018
Erica Luu
Great sunset hike!
Dec 2, 2018
Cristina Casas Aviles
the trail is not accurate. mileage is higher 6mi
Oct 21, 2018
Vishesh Dokania

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  4.6 from 36 votes

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