Castle Rock Hike from Waterman Gap - Route IV
22.0 miles     2500 ft
1 Dec 2012

Pleasant hike in the western section of Castle Rock.

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.


To Castle Rock Park HQ (12.4 miles): From Waterman Gap (intersection of Hwy 236 and Hwy 9), continue south along Skyline to the Sea Trail (0.6 miles). Turn 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) until it reaches an intersection with Beekhuis Road Trail. Continue along Saratoga Toll Road (0.8 miles). Turn right 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 Waterman Gap (intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 236) (9.6 miles): Cross Hwy 35 and turn left onto Skyline Trail (3.1 miles) to reach Saratoga Gap (intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 35). From Saratoga Gap parking lot, start walking south along Hwy 9. Within 0.1 miles, there is a sign for Skyline to the Sea Trail on the left. Follow Skyline to the Sea Trail (0.5 miles). Then cross Highway 9 to continue along Skyline to the Sea Trail on the other side of Highway 9 (1.5 miles). Cross Highway 9 again to continue along Skyline to the Sea Trail (1.5 miles). At this point, there is a junction with Beekhuis Road Trail. In Nov 2012, this junction was unmarked. Continue along Skyline to the Sea Trail (2.9 miles) to reach Waterman Gap at the intersection of Hwy 9 and Hwy 236.

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 going down, losing elevation quickly, and didn't get lost.


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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