Castle Rock Hike from Saratoga Gap - Route XI
13.5 miles     1600 ft
11 Nov 2012
Summary

Pleasant, shaded walk through redwoods adjoining Highway 9.

Location: Castle Rock State ParkSaratoga Gap Open Space Preserve

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
From Saratoga Gap trailhead at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 35, follow Skyline Trail going east (1.6 miles) → right on Loghry Woods Trail (1.8 miles) → right on Service Road Trail (0.3 miles) → right on Frog Flat Trail (0.6 miles) → left on Saratoga Gap Trail (0.4 miles) → left on Travertine Springs Trail (2.1 miles) → right on Saratoga Toll Road (2.0 miles) → left on Skyline to the Sea Trail, cross Hwy 9 and turn right onto Achistaca Trail (1.7 miles) to reach Hwy 35. Cross the road and continue along Bay Area Ridge Trail (3.0 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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