Replacement Panel at the Goat Rock Vista Point
The Goat Rock Vista Point offers a spectacular view of the San Lorenzo Valley sweeping from Mt. McAbee in Big Basin to the Montery Bay. Older interpretive panels succumbed to age and vandalism. With a Generous Grant from REI, the Foundation helped Parks create a new panel which highlights identifies major geographic features of the visible terrain along with the flora and fauna found in Castle Rock State Park.
The new panel was installed in early November 2017 by Park Interpreters and Volunteers.
New On-trail Skyline -to-the Sea Maps
Along with the above Goat Rock Vista Point Panel, the Foundation also sponsored the production of map-panels of the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail to be place along the trail in Castle Rock State Park. The production cost of these maps also cam from the REI grant. Two map-panels will be placed. One at the beginning of the STTS trail at Saratoga Gap. The second at the intersection of the Beekhuis Rd cross-over from the Saratoga Toll Road trial which connects the longer “scenic route” from the Main Castle Rock Parking Lot and reaches the Toll Rd trail via the Saratoga Gap trail and the Travertine Springs trail.
The first map was installed at the Saratoga Gap start of the Skyline-to-the-sea Trail in early November 2017. The others will follow.
New Entrance and Informative Panels -2016
Through a generous grant from REI, the Foundation has created a new entrance panels for Portola Redwoods and Castle Rock State Park. The new entrance panels introduce visitors to the natural feature of the park and also includes a number of suggested hikes, graded by hiker ability , which explore different aspects of the park. These are part of a larger project to bring more information to park visitors. The Portola Redwoods panel was installed next to the Visitors Center in September 2015. The Castle Rock Entrance panel was installed in the main parking lot in August 2016. and will be updated and moved moved to the new entrance when it opens in 2017. Other informational panels in the works for Castle Rock include orientation panels featuring the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail to be place strategic locations and panels describing the park’s Low Impact Climbing philosophy.
Graffiti Removal Project (2015)
Over the years Castle Rock has suffered an increasing amount of graffiti vandalism by a small percentage of park visitors. These unsightly markings on signs, trees and rocks are eyesores and detract from the visitor experience to this beautiful gem of a park. In 2015 the Portola and Castle Rock Foundation spearheaded an project to remove the graffiti from rocks, signs and trees. For more details, visit the descriptive post.
Demolish Derelict House (2013)
For many years an out-of-service Ranger’s quarters has been in derelict disrepair adjacent to the trail camp in Castle Rock SP.
The Foundation funded demolition, asbestos removal, and site restoration in cooperation with State Parks in early 2013.
Remediate Tire Dump (2014)
Over many years, prior owners of land now within Castle Rock State Park used the forest as a dumping ground for thousands of waste automobile and truck tires. These tires are an immediate pollution hazard and a ticking-time bomb in the event of a fire.
The Foundation sponsored the removal of these tires in October 2014 in cooperation with State Parks , the South Skyline Fire Safe Council and Cal Recycle. See Tire Removal Post.
Interpretive Shelter Roof Replacement
A short walk from the trail head in Castle Rock is an interpretive shelter that explains the natural history of the forest ecosystem. This shelter was constructed in 1970 and its roof has outlived its useful life. In conjunction with installation of new interpretive panels and the opening of the new entrance at the trail head, we plan to replace the defective shelter roof.