Castle Canyon Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back trail located near Rhododendron, Oregon that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Rhododendron: Follow Highway 26 to just west of the only store and turn north onto E Arlie Mitchel Road. Follow this north 0.3 to junction with Henry Creek Road. Turn left at this junction. Trail is mile down the road.
This is a fun little hike, enough to get the heart pumping but nothing that requires too much effort. If you go on a day when it's rained recently (or is raining), the second half of the ascent can be slick and a bit tricky to navigate. I found myself on my hands and butt a few times. Worth the effort, and it's a beautiful sight looking down on some of the lower-hanging clouds. Between 1 and 1.5 hrs, round trip. I combined this with the Flag Mountain hike, only a few minutes away on the other side of Rte. 26...makes for a fun 4 hours.
Not for those who are afraid of heights. The first part of the trail is nice; a narrow, windy, moderately steep path through old forest. In May the bugs, birds, and wildflowers were all present! The trail starts to get steep (some spots have rocks/roots for traction, others don't) about halfway. Very rocky at the top, watch your step as you explore and take awesome pictures. Not a good hike for young kids or unruly/bold dogs. Great for the adventuresome, adrenaline-seekers!
Great little hike. Little steep and there's definitely a fall hazard. Worth the risk if you're up for the challenge.
Beautiful hike; not long so you can get a quick hike in and get on to other stuff in your day. Really pretty, a little slippery with wet on mud and rocks, be careful
Worth the quick but steep ascent on a clear day.. you can see pinnacles on your way up and off in the distance from the top - the trail hangs left over a rocky area when you reach the top, make sure you take it all the way to get the best views!
Gorgeous! Peaceful, beautiful views, good incline. Great hike.
Excellent short hike. Straight up with plenty of cool rock structures and spectacular views.
Crazy little hike, Pretty sketchy at the top
There's some good climbing areas for those climbers out there.