Description

The Castle Rock Trail Camp offers intrepid backpackers 20 primitive sites perched on a ridge. The campground is a quick 2.6 mile hike from the overnight parking lot off of Highway 35. Each site comes with a table, fire ring, nearby piped drinking water, and vault toilets. Because the campground is open year-round, a camp shelter is available for use during inclement weather.

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The Castle Rock Trail Camp offers intrepid backpackers 20 primitive sites perched on a ridge. The campground is a quick 2.6 mile hike from the overnight parking lot off of Highway 35. Each site comes with a table, fire ring, nearby piped drinking water, and vault toilets. Because the campground is open year-round, a camp shelter is available for use during inclement weather. Pro tip: Walk a short distance from the campground after setting up camp to catch the epic sunset.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
40
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
None
Access
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 8 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Picnic table available
Beach
Forest
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Cave
Desert
Hot spring
Lake
Swimming hole
Waterfall
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Wildlife watching
Biking
Horseback riding
Paddling
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Swimming
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Hipcamper
Hipcamper.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2015

The higher numbered sites are all heavily wooded, you can see into one other site from some place in your campsite if you try, but otherwise there is a good amount of privacy. Bathrooms and water access are also evenly distributed between the campground.

Hipcamper Hipcamper
Hipcamper.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2015

Sites 1 and 2 are in an open space with an outhouse and faucet- definitely avoid if possible. Sites 3, 4, and 5 are all fairly secluded closer to the skyline (though trees hide the actual view)

Hipcamper Hipcamper
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didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2015

You'll probably notice on your way into camp- but the best sunset vista by far is about .3 miles before arriving at the campground. Return to the ledge after you setup camp for stunning views and a killer sunset

Hipcamper Abby
Abby W.
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 21st, 2015

This was an easy hike-in campsite. It had firewood, picnic tables, potable water, and restrooms. Our campsite was also fairly large and fit multiple tents comfortably.

If bringing a large pack, I recommend bringing trekking poles, as there are some parts of the hike where you have to scale some rocks and could benefit from extra balance.

Hipcamper Hipcamper
Hipcamper.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 11th, 2015

If you bring cash- assuming there is no burn ban there is usually firewood available for purchase at the campsite (pretty rare for a hike-in spot).

Hipcamper Patrick
Patrick C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
September 25th, 2015

You can feel comfortable rolling the dice going here even if you can't look up it's availability -- it apparently almost never fills up.

We asked a ranger around the 4th of July, and it sounds like they've only filled up a few times over the past few years, only on holiday weekends.

Especially given the burn ban this July, the campsites were more empty than filled when we went, even on the 4th.

Castle Rock Trail Camp
Hipcamper Randy
Randy M.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 16th, 2015

Great campsite with a very easy hike in. Open year-round. Very pretty views - overall a great place for a overnighter to escape the nearby suburbia.

There are often a number of scouting groups here, so it's not the quietest campsite. The hike in is short but there are some areas that require small rock scrambles. Be aware that during heavy rain, some of the campsites will partially flood - take care in tent location selection.

The main Castle Rock parking lot is very small and can fill up. As this is the only lot that permits overnight parking, you'll just have to wait a bit for somebody to leave and a spot to open up.

Morning after RainCastle Rock Trail CampAlong the Saratoga Gap Trail
Hipcamper Chris
Chris C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 11th, 2016

V chill spot. good privacy and water availability, as mentioned in other comments. FYI to people on bikes - you must ride in through the service entrance, which is juuust to the left of the gun range along 35. Its about... maybe a half mile before the parking lot. You don't need to go to the parking lot at all, you can pay down at the campsite. Its a sick dirt descent down, and steep climb out in the AM. enjoy.

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Park
Castle Rock State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(408) 867-2952
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
37.237° N, 122.12° W
$15/night
Tent Only - Hike In: 20 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
$15/night
Tent / Van: 20 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)