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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.

Great hike, and beautiful!

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22 days ago

The hike is strenuous, but the trail is well maintained and the views are worth the effort. Clear days afford breathtaking views views of Mt. Shasta to the north.

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!

Beautiful views and a good workout on a well groomed trail. Can't ask for more than that.

Amazing views

hiking
2 months ago

The farther I got along this trail, the steeper it got, the better the view and the more pictures I took !!
Can't wait to go back !!

This hike was probably one of the hardest hikes I've done but worth it! The views are amazing! Bring lots of water!

on Castle Dome Trail

hiking
2 months ago

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.

amazing views... incredibly strenuous, but well worth the views. if you go past the top of the hikes look out spot be prepared for a bit of a climb (not bad). wear good shoes and stock up water at the spring on your way up.

hiking
3 months ago

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!

hiking
4 months ago

It is not for the out of shape hiker but is a whole lot of fun!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trip with amazing views of Mt. Shasta and Castle Crags.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

Totally Awesome

hiking
5 months ago

Ausgezeichnet!

hiking
5 months ago

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 is one of the best hikes I've been one. so many places to explore. great place for free climbing.