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Hike Details for Castle Rock to Macedo Ranch Loop

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Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area
Castle Rock to Macedo Ranch Loop
RSVPs - 41 -- YES: 17 NO: 22 MAYBE: 2

Castle Rock to Macedo Ranch Loop
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City: Walnut Creek
Region: EastBay
Park: Castle Rock Regional Recreation Area

Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 9:30 AM


Event Notes:

A moderate 7-mile, 1000-foot elevation gain loop hike from Castle Rock Park to Macedo Ranch. If not too hot, an option to add a 1.3-mile, 350-foot elevation gain loop on the Shell Ridge Loop Trail near the end.

The route to Macedo Ranch will be across the baseball field, left on Castle Rock Trail, continuing on Stage Road, right on Little Yosemite Trail, left on Briones to Mt. Diablo Trail, and right on Wall Point Road to Macedo Ranch.

After a rest/snack stop at the Ranch, return via Wall Point Road keeping right to Dusty Road, left on Stage Road to the junction with Fairy Lantern Trail where the add-on loop starts.

Short route hikers continue on Stage Road to Castle Rock Park while add-on hikers turn left on Fairy Lantern Trail, stay right on Shell Ridge Loop Trail, right down hill near power tower, right on Castle Rock Trail to return to Castle Rock Park.

Water, restrooms and picnic tables are available at Castle Rock Park and Macedo Ranch. No dogs are allowed in Mt. Diablo State Park. The trailhead address is 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. Meet at the restrooms about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.

Contact: Howard   
Email: [email protected]
Cell Phone: (925) 548-8783


Trail Notes:

We will hike from Castle Rock Park to Macedo Ranch and return. Distance is about 6 miles with elevation gain of about 750 feet. Water, restrooms, and picnic tables at both sites. We will take a short rest/snack stop at Macedo Ranch. Outbound will be via Stage Rd to Dusty Rd to Macedo Ranch. Return will be via Briones/Mount Diablo, Little Yosemite and Stage Rd.


Trailhead Directions:
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From 24 Fwy take the I-680 N exit on the LEFT toward SACRAMENTO/CONCORD and then exit at Ygnacio Valley Rd. From 680 Fwy exit at Ygnacio Valley Rd. Turn RIGHT onto Ygnacio Valley Rd and drive 2.2 miles to Walnut Ave. Turn RIGHT on Walnut Ave and drive 1.6 miles to the roundabout and take the first exit onto Oak Grove Rd. From Ygnacio Valley Rd westbound, turn LEFT onto Oak Grove Rd and drive for 1.1 miles to the roundabout. From the roundabout, Oak Grove Rd becomes Castle Rock Rd. Drive for 2.1 miles to the Park. Limited parking is available at the end of Castle Rock Rd but ther is additional parking at the Orchard Staging Area on the right before the end of the road.

Parking Fee: None
Other Fees: None

The trailhead information on this page was last updated
Friday, May 29, 2009.

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