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

Hike Date: Saturday, June 10, 2017
5.4 miles, 4 hours, 1700 feet
(Previous Visit: Sunday, October 4, 2015)

One of the Sandstone Outcrops on the Saratoga Gap Trail

Exquisite sandstone formations and sculpted caves are among the treasured features within this park’s vast wilderness.

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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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