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Castle Rock Loop

 4.7 (28)
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Length

3.4 Miles 5.4 Kilometers


Elevation

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

Conditions


All Clear 64 days ago
Dry - Great hike. Good views. Mostly easy. Few places to scramble through boulders. One narrow rock staircase w/ a handrail. History

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

Anina Middleton

Overview [Suggest Changes]

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.
Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Waterfall — Wildflowers [Add/Remove]
Family Friendly: This is a pretty simple loop and can be made shorter for smaller children.

Description [Suggest Changes]

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 12, 2018
Olivia Korostelina
May 6, 2018
Jessica Mutschler
Apr 14, 2018
Lisa Curtis
Did not take connector trail, went on to the campground and picked up the ridge trail there. 5.2mi
Apr 8, 2018
Dhananjay Mehta
Medium trail
Dec 18, 2017
Noah Abrahamson
Dec 5, 2017
Nicole Albrecht
Nov 29, 2017
Sarah Tickell
Nov 18, 2017
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  4.7 from 28 votes

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in California

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