Castle Rock

Castle Rock
City: Walnut Creek
Park: Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area

Sunday, August 18, 2013 @ 9:33 AM

Event Notes:

In celebration of our group's 10 year Anniversary, please join us for a special hike and lunch afterwards in Walnut Creek. This will be an approximately 2 hour, 6.5 mile hike, (but with only 6.25 miles to reach the Potluck!) though I expect some to complete this hike in less than an hour and a half. The hike I will lead is a loop hike, following Stage Road Trail, then right turn towards Wall Point and continuing on Wall Point Road towards Macedo Ranch. Rather than making that final left turn towards Macedo, however, we will proceed right instead and ultimately return via Little Yosemite Trail. Total elevation gain is 735 feet.

For those seeking a less strenuous option, do not make that first right turn (at about the 3 mile mark) towards Wall Point. Instead, turn around to make this an in and back hike, yielding a total of about 6 miles round trip, and only about 250 feet elevation gain.

Dogs are only allowed for a short duration of this hike, as once we cross thru the cattle gate, dogs are prohibited on the Mount Diablo State Park section of the trails. Therefore, dogs should NOT participate in this hike.

Meeting Location:   From the trailhead parking lot, proceed walking into the Park, past the swimming pool, and past the Pool Oak Terrace Picnic Area (right next door to the pool) where we will regroup after the hike for a potluck lunch. Continue and meet in front of the bathrooms (across from the softball field).

Contact: John Bondon
Cell Phone: (925) 457-7717

Trail Notes:

Dogs are permitted on select trails but must be leashed and under voice control at any posted area or parking lot. Dogs may be off-leash in open spaces, provided they are under control at all times. Dogs are NOT permitted in the picnic areas nor on any trails in Mount Diablo State Park (past the cattle gate).

Directions to Trailhead:

From Walnut Creek, head east towards Concord on Ygnacio Valley Road. Turn RIGHT onto Oak Grove Road.

From Concord, venture on Ygnacio Valley Road westbound down the hill into Walnut Creek. Turn LEFT onto Oak Grove Road.

OAK GROVE ROAD becomes CASTLE ROCK ROAD at turn-about (at Walnut Avenue). Proceed Straight thru turnabout onto Castle Rock Road. Go past Northgate High School. Continue to the end. Park in the dirt, near entrance to Castle Rock Park. On busy days when trailhead parking spaces are full, additional parking is available in the dirt overflow parking area on the right side, approximately 0.3 miles prior to reaching the end of the road.

GPS Address: 1700 Castle Rock Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598

TrailHead Parking Fee: no charge

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The trailhead information on this page was last updated Saturday, August 17, 2013.