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Castle Rock Loop

 4.6 (31)

Length


3.4 Miles 5.4 Kilometers


749' 228 m

Ascent

-756' -230 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

3,155' 962 m

High

2,632' 802 m

Low

Shared By Anina Middleton

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All Clear 67 days ago
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A beautiful wooded loop with openings for views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Anina Middleton

Dogs Unknown

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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Oct 13, 2018
Seth Klarity
Oct 7, 2018
Juan Jaen
Sep 15, 2018
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Aug 16, 2018
Josephine Witt
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Aug 12, 2018
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Jul 8, 2018
Raul Estrada
Jun 12, 2018
Olivia Korostelina
May 6, 2018
Jessica Mutschler

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  4.6 from 31 votes

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