FOM FOK Hiking Group

Castle Rock


The short hike is about 2.5 miles and consists of a mostly long, gradual descent, then a long, level walk, a short moderate climb, a long gradual climb, a short, moderate descent, and a long, gradual climb back to the beginning. The trail is covered for 2/3 of the distance of the short hike. There are two streams to cross (one you cross twice) and a great view of Castle Rock Falls. There are two benches along the way, a lookout area over Castle Rock Falls, informational signs, meadows of wildflowers, and some great views. There are some spectacular rock formations, and you will usually see several areas with rock climbers. On a clear day, you may see the ocean.

Poison oak is usually not a problem, if you stay to the middle of the usually wide trails and pay attention. The trails are heavily used, so expect lots of traffic. Toilets are available at the Park Headquarters. You may have to use your hands to climb over rocks in one or two areas. This hike is moderate on the "Wimble Scale".

The short hike is about 1.5 to 2 hours long. Plan on at least two small water bottles.



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Trip Reports

Saturday, May 13, 2000

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Michael leads the group into one of the caves for the annual Snipe population count.
Gwen, Kathy, and Nancy reenact the mysterious "Goddess of Castle Rock" in the English Pantomime tradition.
Singing is highly encouraged during our hikes. Here, Kathy does one of her famous Michael Jackson impressions.
One of the rock climbers at Goat Rock.
One of the many wonderous caves you can find if you pay attention as you hike.

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