Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Registration Opens – 2020 In Pursuit of Perseids Backpacking Trip

February 1, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 pm

the milky way over redwood trees

In Pursuit of Perseids: Castle Rock State Park (August 11 – 12, 2020)


Enjoy a mesmerizing backpacking trip under the stars.

Scheduled around the annual Perseids meteor shower, this journey through Castle Rock enables you to view shooting stars in the quiet and darkness of the backcountry. Perseids are only clearly seen every other year due to a full moon, and this trip includes camping far away from any city lights. While the highlight of this exploration is the meteor shower, daylight brings panoramic ocean and mountain views. Telescopes and treats are provided as everyone stays up past midnight for this unique event. Trip fee is $175.

A Professional Will Guide the Way

A California State Naturalist will guide you through Castle Rock’s backcountry, sharing the natural wonders of the area and the unique history of the park. Our experts are Wilderness First Responder-certified, California Naturalist-certified and have many years of experience leading backcountry overnight and day hikes interpreting the natural and cultural history of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Based on their experience, you can expect to hear great stories and have fun along the way. Additionally, the naturalists provide expertise and guidance in backpacking set up, equipment and logistics.


Online registration for a limited number of backpacking spots opens February 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Register here: www.parks.ca.gov/backpacking

For more information, email backpacking@nullparks.ca.gov, or call (831) 278-0195.

The 2020 California State Park Backpacking Adventures program is made possible by California State Parks, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Mountain Parks Foundation, Sempervirens Fund, and Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

Parks and Beaches

Castle Rock State Park
15000 Skyline Blvd.
Los Gatos, CA 95033 United States
+ Google Map