Had a fun weekend outdoor climbing and camping in the Santa Cruz Mountains! My climbing partner and I did an intro class with Adventure Out. Our guide Shawn was very knowledgeable and I learned alot. It definitely helps to go out there with guide, especially in the beginning. Castle Rock is only a short drive from San Francisco, and Saratoga is a few miles away. You can pretty much camp light and eat there. We camped at Sanborn-Skyline County Park. The weather was nice and slept outside under the stars. Even though it was right next to a creek, surprisingly, there were no bugs. There are no wood fires allowed, so you must bring charcoal. Also, it is a short hike in to camp, so it's a little more work. The road to the campsites is paved and going uphill, so you might want to bring a cart.
This is the view from campsite #7:
I look forward to going back to Castle Rock!