Backpacking Castle Rock State Park

activity phptp
level Adult
style Backpacking
challenge Moderate
age 14

$ 329.00


 Castle Rocks's proximity to the Bay Area and it's extensive trail system make this trip one of our most popular backpacking trips. Join us as we travel through the Santa Cruz mountains, gaining beautiful views of the Monterey Bay, passing by redwoods and Castle Rock's unique sandstone features.  We make our camp where we relax, share adventure stories and enjoy a backcountry meal.

This trip is designed for beginning backpackers in moderate to good physical condition, who are interested in learning the skills and gear required to be safe and comfortable in the back country.

You will learn foundations of:

 Leave No Trace Principals

Gear required for multi-day back country travel

How to use tents and stoves

Backpack packing strategy 

Local wild edibles and other flora and fauna

and much more!





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check Learn backpacking skills in Bay Area's backyard
check Enjoy spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Castle Rock's unique sandstone features
check No experience necessary. Backpacking gear is included


What to expect



Trip meets on Saturday morning at 9:00 am and returns on Sunday at around 1:30pm

The trail is 3 miles to the campground and moderate 

The backpack will weigh about 30 pounds 




We provide




Sleeping bag

Sleeping pad

Dinner and breakfast  

Camp stove

You bring



Appropriate clothing 

lunch food 

Good hiking shoes/boots

(A detailed gear list will be provided)

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