Sunday, September 19, 2010

Castle Rock SP

Today Anil and I went hiking in the Castle Rock SP near Saratoga. We picked this particular park as it is just 15 min away from Cupertino, where we were visiting our family.

In the park we went for a 4.7-mile long hike that took us around 2h. First we took the Saratoga Gap Trail to the Castle Rock Falls, where my husband (of course) complained about insufficient amounts of water in the falls. Then we continued to see the Goat Rock and other sandstone formations, to finally return back to the car on the Ridge Trail. It was a very pleasant hike, but nothing super-exceptional.

The forest in the park was amazingly lush:

The Castle Rock Falls and a climber:

The views on the Ridge Trail were stunning. At times we could even see the Monterey Bay: 

Interesting sandstone formations: