Photos from a February 2001 hike at Castle Rock State Park
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Park entrance
Park entrance
Trailhead
Trailhead
Saratoga Gap Trail
Saratoga Gap Trail
Tafoni on the side of the trail
Tafoni on the side of the trail
Bridge and trail
Bridge and trail
Trail squeezes past boulder
Trail squeezed past boulder
Approaching junction
Approaching junction
     Giant chain fern
     Giant chain fern
     Wild ginger
     Wild ginger
Past a white boulder
Ridge Trail
Into chaparral
Into chaparral
Near the base of Goat Rock
Near the base of Goat Rock
Toyon and view west
Toyon and view west
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
Wartleaf ceanothus
Wartleaf ceanothus
Currant
A flowering currant
     Coast live oak shades a rocky stretch
Shaded and rocky section
Non junction
Non-junction; stay to the right and scramble up the rocks
Coast live oak
Coast live oak
Ridge Trail
Boulders line the trail
Fences help channel you to the rerouted section
Wooden fences channel you past the old trail to a rerouted segment
     Weathered rock and turn in the trail
Weathered rock and trail
View west
View west
Rerouted segment
Rerouted segment
     Steps to Goat Rock
     Steps to Goat Rock
Junction at the top of the rocks
Junction at the top of the rocks
Ridge Trail
Ridge Trail
Oak
Oak
     Madrone
     Madrone
Grassland dotted with oaks
Grassland dotted with oaks
Junction
Junction with path from Interpretive Center
Madrone
Madrone
Approaching junction
Approaching junction with connector path to Saratoga Gap Trail
     Trail lined with tanoaks
     Through tanoaks
     Passing a rock formation
Boulders along the trail
Madrones
Passing through madrones
     Tall pines
     Tall grove of pines
Ridge Trail and view
Ridge Trail and view
Buckbrush
Buckbrush
Junction
Junction
Tanoak
Tanoak
Leaving the woods
Leaving the woods
     Edging under a boulder
Edging under a boulder
     Guidewire assists you climbing down this boulder
Metal guidewire helps you descend this boulder
Saratoga Gap Trail
Creeping along the hillside
Manzanita
Manzanita
Silktassel
Silktassel
     Paintbrush
Early blooming Indian paintbrush
     Rocky segment
     Rocky segment
Outcrop
Outcrop
Under oaks
Under oaks
Junction
Junction
Sagebrush on the side of the trail
Sagebrush on the side of the trail
View
View south
Blue witch nightshade
Blue witch nightshade
Bays, bench, and bridge
California bays, bench, and bridge
  Saratoga Gap Trail
Rocky Saratoga Gap Trail
       Rocky ascent
Steep sandy ascent
  Tafoni
Tafoni
  Chamise is common along the trail
Chamise is dominant along the trail
       Trail skirts some bays
A few California bays
  Squeezing through two boulders
Squeezing past two boulders
       Trail passes through tanoaks
     Tanoaks
  Rocky, maze-like section
Maze-like section
  Strawberry
Strawberry
  Oaks and rocks
Oaks and rocks
  Saratoga Gap Trail
Saratoga Gap Trail
  Waterfall viewing platform
Waterfall viewing platform
  Waterfall
Waterfall
  More boulders crowd the trail
More boulders crowd the trail
  Junction
Junction
 



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