Castle Rock Hike from Saratoga Gap - Route VI
13.0 miles     1600 ft
11 Nov 2012

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.


To Castle Rock Park HQ (9.9 miles): From the trailhead at intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 35, follow Skyline to the Sea Trail (0.5 miles) → left on Saratoga Toll Road (2.0 miles) → left on Travertine Springs Trail (2.0 miles) → right on Saratoga Gap Trail (3.4 miles) → right on Castle Rock Loop (1.0 miles) to reach Castle Rock Park HQ.

To Intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 35 (3.1 miles): Cross Hwy 35 and turn left onto Skyline Trail (3.1 miles) to reach the trailhead.


Full photo album — 11 November 2012

Photos are from a different hike with similar landscape: Castle Rock Hike from Saratoga Gap - Route I.

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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