Castle Rock Hike from Waterman Gap - Route II
14.0 miles     1800 ft
1 Dec 2012
Summary

Pleasant hike in the western section of 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 Beekhuis Road Trail (5.2 miles): From the trailhead near the intersection of Hwy 236 and Hwy 9, find signposts for Skyline to the Sea Trail going south towards Big Basin Park HQ. Follow Skyline to the Sea Trail (0.6 miles) → left on a connector trail that goes to Saratoga Toll Road (1.5 miles). The connector trail crosses Hwy 9. Upon reaching Hwy 9, turn left and walk a few steps to see a signpost marking the connector trail. Continue along the Connector Trail (0.2 miles), then turn left on Saratoga Toll Road (2.9 miles) to reach an intersection with Beekhuis Road Trail. Continue along

To Hwy 9 (2.8 miles): Continue along Saratoga Toll Road (0.8 miles) to reach a junction with Travertine Springs Trail. Continue along Saratoga Toll Road (2.0 miles) to reach an intersection with Skyline to the Sea Trail. Turn left and quickly reach Hwy 9.

To Intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 236 (6.0 miles): Cross Hwy 9 and continue along Skyline to the Sea Trail (1.5 miles). Cross Hwy 9 once again and continue along Skyline to the Sea Trail (1.5 miles) to reach a junction with Beekhuis Road Trail. In Nov 2012, this junction was unmarked. Continue along Skyline to the Sea Trail (3.0 miles) to return to trailhead.

Notes: Along Saratoga Toll Road, near the intersection with Beekhuis Road Trail, there were some unmarked intersections in Dec 2012. We followed the strategy of avoided trails which were losing elevation quickly, and didn't get lost.

Photos
Trailhead

Location: Intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 236, CA 95006 . Parking area is not visible in Google Maps.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None (last visited: Dec 2012)

Capacity: About 10 cars may be parked along the dirt pullout along Hwy 9, near the intersection.

Latitude: 37.211676     Longitude: -122.156641

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