Trail Camps

Castle Rock Trail Camp

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May be used as a first stop on the Skyline to the Sea Trail or a casual novice backpacking overnight trip.20 sitesOpen Year Round; First-Come-First -Serve

Potable Water; Public Phone

Located about 3 miles from the Castle Rock State Park entrance parking lot via the Saratoga Gap Trail or the Ridge Trail.

During winter months when fire danger is reduced, campers can buy firewood at the camp. Fire circles are provided at each campsite – very unusual for a trail camp. No fires during FIRE SEASON, verify upon arrival or call the Castle Rock Ranger office at (408) 867-2952. If severe dry or windy conditions exist, fire restrictions may be in place at any time of year. Look for signs indicating this. Backpacking stoves may be used.

Waterman Gap Trail Camp

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Popular as an overnight stop on the Skyline to the Sea Trail.  6 sites open May 1 to November 1; Reservations (831) 338-8861

Potable Water

The trail camp is located 6.2 miles from the Saratoga Gap trailhead or 9.3 miles for hikers who start at the Castle Rock State Park entrance parking lot. Large flat campsites in a wooded area. Backpacking stoves may be used.

Pit toilets are provided at all the trail camps.

For a Castle Rock Camping map, click here.

For additional information about the three trail camps refer to California Parks Trail Camp Information.

Newest Event

People at Castle Rock

Saturday, September 21, 2019 - Kirkwood Entrance, Castle Rock State Park

Our partner, Sempervirens Fund, will  be hosting a series of celebrations of the new Kirkwood entrance to Castle Rock State Park.  The next is “People at Castle Rock,” with presentations […]

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Children and Families at Castle Rock

There was a “Children and Families at Castle Rock” celebration at Castle Rock State Park! PCRF and Sempervirens had booths and activities, and led guided kid-friendly hikes.  This was part […]