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We next continued east on the Skyline Trail another 30min or so to Indian Rock. There is another TH here, with Indian Rock a mere 0.1mi to the north along a signed trail. This feature is both higher and slightly more difficult than Summit Rock and has almost none of the graffiti scourge found at the first site. Another class 3 scramble up the west side leads to the summit and sports an easy but airy gap to cross. Steve and I both went to the summit of this one while Tom declined upon reaching the gap.
Another 10-15min of hiking took us back to the second TH, across the road and up to Castle Rock, the last stop on our short tour. This is the largest rock boulder in the area, another popular spot for bouldering and some sport climbing. By its easiest route it's harder than any of the others, going class 4 by one of two options on the east side. I'd been up it a handful of times in the past but declined today since the soles of my tennis shoes were a little too slick. We spent the next hour enjoying our picnic wine and lunch in the shade of the oaks that populate the summit area. Only later did we learn about the alcohol restrictions in the park. Oops.
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