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Castle Rock Loop

 24 votes

Length

3.4 Miles 5.4 Kilometers


15%

Singletrack

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

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

Anina Middleton

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

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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Dec 18, 2017
Noah Abrahamson
Dec 5, 2017
Nicole Albrecht
Nov 29, 2017
Sarah Tickell
Nov 18, 2017
The Stig
Nov 14, 2017
Jeremy Gan
3.8mi
Oct 21, 2017
Prajjwol Dandekhya
4.6mi
Sep 24, 2017
Navin Kumar
Could not figure out the castle rock loop. 4mi
Sep 14, 2017
Diego Castán

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  4.7 from 24 votes

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