“A beautiful wooded loop with openings for views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
— Anina Middleton
Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers
This is a pretty simple loop and can be made shorter for smaller children.
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
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.