Castle Rock Hike from Saratoga Gap - Route III
10.3 miles     1100 ft
5 Nov 2011
Summary

Pleasant, shaded walk through Castle Rock.

Location: Castle Rock State Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good for trails near Park HQ. Other trails are not shown in this map.

» Official Trail MAp: Shows all parts of the park. Mileage and contour information missing.

» Redwood Hikes Map: Bay Area Trail Map: Saratoga to Big Basin, First edition, 2010. This is an excellent map sold by Dave Baselt ($6.95 in Dec 2011). This map is useful for exploring many parks in this area. Highly recommended for avid hikers.

Route

To Castle Rock Park HQ (6.9 miles): From Saratoga Gap parking lot at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 35, follow Skyline Trail (1.7 miles). Cross over Hwy 35 and walk along Loghry Woods Trail (1.8 miles) → right on Service Road Trail (0.1 miles) → left on Saratoga Gap Trail (2.5 miles) → right on Castle Rock Trail (0.8 miles) to reach Park HQ.

To Saratoga Gap parking lot (3.4 miles): From Castle Rock Park HQ, cross Hwy 35. Visit Indian Rock (0.3 miles) and return to Hwy 35. Turn right and walk all along Skyline Trail (3.1 miles) to return to Saratoga Gap trailhead.

Photos
Trailhead

Location: Intersection of Highway 9 and Highway 35 (Skyline Blvd) . Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From Highway 85, take Exit 14 for Saratoga Ave going south. After 1.8 miles, continue along Big Basin Way (Highway 9) for 7.3 miles to reach the junction with Highway 35 (Skyline Blvd)

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: October 2010)

Capacity: About 20 cars.

Latitude: 37.258513     Longitude: -122.121955

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