Castle Rock is a park on the edge in two respects:
- It sits right up at the top of Skyline and drops steeply to the southwest, giving expansive views of the redwood forest out to Monterey Bay
- Its on and off and on the closure list of state parks, which means you might want to check out those views while you still can.
On Feb 26, I acted as the sweep for a Sempervirens Fund hike around the Saratoga Gap and Ridge Trails. Hike leader Scott Peden snapped excellent photos, including a panel of wildflowers. He also got a great shot of the woodpecker we saw.
Here’s Scott pointing out all the land across the San Lorenzo watershed — half of which is scheduled for closure in July if it can’t find funding.
When you visit Castle Rock State Park, I just have one request: Please pony up for parking or buy a parks pass. Your dollars count towards keeping the parks open and maintained.