Castle Crags State Park, located six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5, offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta. There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites. The park features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park. Castle Crags State Park is named for the 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished projecting rocks to which game hikers may climb for a great view of the area including Mount Shasta. Visitors should be aware of how high altitude may affect them.
This was a perfect short loop. I went around noon and it was shady most of the way and mostly pretty flat. You will see the sign for it (and some other harder trails) near the ranger station. The last cross over the creek is over some rocks but if you get wet you're almost back to the parking lot anyway!
Nicole E. on Castle Dome Trail
So worth the difficult hike! We clocked 9.5 miles, and we didn't start tracking for about a mile. but we went off the trail a bit here and there. Sooooooo worth it for the amazing views at the top!! Very hot in the last section that climbs straight up the crags. Very hot and very steep.
This was an amazing, albeit very strenuous, trail. There were tons of gorgeous views of the crags, Mt. Shasta, and the valley. There are definitely bears in the area- we came across some pretty fresh bear scat. Just be aware of your surroundings, as mountain lions prowl these woods too. Stick to daytime hiking and make a lot of noise as you go, and you should be fine. Recommended for the fit and/or experienced hiker!
This was a relatively strenuous climb in places, made sweatier by the hot June sun (temps nearing 90°), but worth it for the views from the top! Most of the trail, at least to where the PCT section ends, is shaded though and relatively cool. It is also worth noting that our GPS actually clocked this hike at almost 11 miles and over 3,400 in elevation gain if you go all the way up Castle Dome and detour to Indian Springs on the way back to grab water.
Gary W. on Castle Crags Trail
Really pretty, easy trail. The only elevation climb is in first 20mins. It's straight up, but really smooth path. Walking under a canopy of trees almost the whole time, the whole trail. Bring your bug spray.
The only downfall, is this doesn't lead to anything. You go right to the creek, and have to turn right around. Not really enough space to even sit and have lunch or have four people stand at the same time.
The pictures already posted to this trail are not on this trail. I think they kept on the Pacific crest Trail to castle crags to get their shots. I would likely stay on Pacific crest next time, to see a better end game. But, following this map, you turn off to the right to go to root creek.
Like I said, great trail but nowhere to really sit down in the sun and relax.
Otherwise, this has to be one of the easier portions of the Pacific crest Trail.
This hike is absolutely stunning. Went up early to beat the heat today. Stunning views of the crags and Mt. Shasta. There's some steep inclines and minor rock climbs required but no crazy gear necessary. Totally worth the hike. AllTrails says it's only 2.5K ft up but it actually takes you up to the dome at about 4.5k ft up before the reap rock climbing begins and takes you about 6.5k ft up. Worth a day to hike! Took us about 3 hours round trip with stops for photos.
As someone just getting back into hiking, it was challenging but still an attainable goal. Since I'm just getting back in shape it was a 5 hour round trip. we were a little shaky coming down, but the views and exhilaration were totally worth it. If you're not in shape this "easy" trail will take some time and effort, but if your a moderate hiker, still expect to take around 3-4 hours