March 2013 Trail Run

Castle Rock State Park
Saturday, March 16, 2013

On the highest ridge above Saratoga and with the likely clear weather this year, Castle Rock trails will provide grand vistas over Big Basin and out to the Pacific and Monterey. As well, the run back is mostly an even and runnable uphill grade on excellent trail - its a great workout! In wet years there is a waterfall; we can only hope for rain this year. Even if damp the park remains a natural treasure as the trails are sheltered from the elements by an abundance of trees and is generally mud-resistant.

When Saturday, March 16, 2013. Meet at 8:20am for an 8:30am start. To carpool, meet at 7:45am in the Costco parking lot on Rengstorff Avenue in Mountain View near 101. We meet in the area of the parking lot that is close to the McDonalds.

Where Castle Rock State Park, 15000 Skyline Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95030. There is limited free parking on the side of Skyline Blvd just south of the park entrance. Inside there is an $8 per vehicle parking fee. Park info.

How to get there Take 101 or 280 South to 85 South. Follow 85 south and exit at Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road. Follow Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road south to Saratoga, turn right on Highway 9 toward Saratoga Gap. At Saratoga Gap turn left on Skyline Blvd. (Hwy 35) and follow it for 2.6 miles to the park entrance.

What A long run (9.2 miles) and an intermediate run (about 6.5 miles). These are remote trail runs and each runner must carry at least one water bottle. As usual, there will be a potluck after the run, so please bring food or drink to share.

Contact Ron Wolf - parc dot ron at gmail dot com

Trail Directions We'll distribute maps like the following at the start of the run -- click on the map for a higher resolution version.

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