Castle Rock State Park, Los Gatos (Saratoga Gap Trail)

Hike Date: October 4, 2015
5.9 miles, 3.5 hours, 2108 feet

Castle Rock State Park

Castle Rock State Park is a place of abundant solitude, wilderness, high cliffs, and sweeping vistas. Unique patterns on weathered sandstone, lush forests, and stream-fed canyons make up the park’s diverse features. – https://www.parks.ca.gov/

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Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz County (Sunset Trail – Timms Creek Trail – Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail)

Hike Date: Sunday, September 6, 2015
8.7 miles, 3.5 hours, 2287 feet
(Repeat visit: Saturday, July 30, 2016: 9.5 miles, 5.5 hours)

Woah! This hike was a killer – the longest (both by distance and time), the toughest (elevation gain of 2,287 feet), and yet our best hike of 2015.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park

“These trees, because of their size and antiquity, were among the natural wonders of the world and should be saved for posterity.” –Andrew P. Hill, 1899 (Source: Big Basin Redwoods State Park official brochure)

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