Castle Rock State Park
Castle Rock State Park has more than spectacular views, camping and some of the Bay Areas’s most scenic and challenging hiking trails. It’s a Bay Area rock climbing destination, thanks to unusual sandstone formations called tafoni that have attracted tourists to Saratoga since the late 1800’s. Castle Rock is a 3,214 foot high sandstone peak that draws rock climbers, photographers, and geologists.
The website, Rockclimbing.com, says: “Long before Castle Rock State Park acquired bolted sport routes, the small sandstone outcrops scattered throughout the madrones, live oaks and bays have offered climbers challenging high-standard boulder problems and extended training circuits similar to those found in the famous enchanted forest of Fontainebleau near Paris.”
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An outdoor school specializing in surf camps, rock climbing classes, backpacking trips, mountain biking, and wilderness survival skills instruction, conducts rock climbing classes at Castle Rock State Park and also offers private rock climbing guides for visitors. More information.
Castle Rock State park is located on Highway 35, 2.5 miles southeast of the Highway 9 junction.