Winter Waterfall Hike at Castle Rock State Park

January 23, 2017

With all of this much needed rain we can finally see our dormant waterfalls back in action. We took advantage of the few rain free hours this weekend and headed up to Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos.

With a little bit of runaround because of road closures from the storms, we finally made it. The parking lot was a ghost town and it was chilly! We headed down the Saratoga Gap trail towards Castle Rock Falls. The creek which runs along the right side of the trail was flowing hard. It was so great to finally see some water flowing in our creeks.

The misty fog made for a very magical feel throughout our hike. The sounds of the rushing creek and water dripping from the trees was very soothing. After viewing the waterfall we continued on the trail through some smaller water falls running through moss covered boulders. Not too much further the trail emerges to a ridge where there is nothing but trees and fog as far as you can see. It almost makes you forget about the busy overpopulated bay below.


We stopped for lunch near some caves and interesting rock formations. This park is a very popular climbing spot and I can see why. At this point we turned around just as a dark rain cloud covered us and the rain was soon to come.

If you are looking for a great waterfall hike in the bay area, then I highly recommend Castle Rock State Park!

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  • Reply Dan W January 24, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Awesome photos and cool writing!! Love seeing all that water and rich green! Cool!!

    • Reply Tiffany January 27, 2017 at 2:59 am

      Thank you! It was so beautiful up there! You should check it out this winter.

  • Reply Jason May 20, 2017 at 9:00 am

    How far was the hike? How long did it take?
    Was it a loop?

    • Reply Tiffany June 22, 2017 at 2:46 am

      Hi Jason!

      The hike out to the waterfall is short. It’s only about 1.5 miles in and takes maybe 15 minutes to get to. You can continue on for a loop hike that is just under 4 miles for about an hour long hike. I followed the trail description on bahiker.com. Hope that helps!


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