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Registration Opens – 2020 Skyline to the Sea Backpacking Trip

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

two hikers pass a rock at sunset

Skyline to the Sea: Castle Rock State Park to Waddell State Beach (July 16-19, 2020)


This is the quintessential Santa Cruz Mountains backpacking experience. Find yourself on a legendary 3-night, 4-day adventure from Castle Rock to Waddell State Beach.

The trek spans 30+ miles of stunning ridgeline panoramas, mixed oak, madrone and redwood forests, riparian habitats, grassy meadows, spring-fed waterfalls, and ends on the soft sandy beach. Adventurers will hike up to 10 miles a day, up steep hills and over sunny ridges on this challenging trip. Trip fee is $325.

A Professional Will Guide the Way

A California State Naturalist will guide you through the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, 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.

Photo by: @Tina_Hang

Parks and Beaches

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