1. Hike the Saratoga Gap Trail at Castle Rock State Park (Los Gatos, CA)
You couldn’t ask for a better introduction to the stunning wilderness of northern California than the sweeping vistas at Castle Rock State Park in Santa Cruz County.
If you’re just stopping for the day, take a short hike (or even a horseback ride) along the Saratoga Gap Trail, which winds through the park’s lush greenery and Instagram-worthy standstone cliffs. But if you’re looking to truly take on the wilderness, you can embark on the nearly 30-mile, 3-day-long Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, which’ll take you through redwood groves, a picturesque waterfall, all the way to the coast at Waddell Beach.
For more information (like permits, parking, and trail maps) on hiking the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, check out this handy guide from redwoodhikes.com.Back to top