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Hiked (in some snow) December 2017. From what the Shasta Ranger Station says, the road up to Castle Lake is usually well maintained during winter months. The hike itself is short and moderately steep. We saw folks ice skating on Heart Lake with views that were incredible. At Heart Lake, we ventured another 10minutes through a roughly established trail (through a few bushes) up the side of the hill to a vantage point that looked down on Castle Lake, Heart Lake, and out across the valley towards Mt. Shasta. The extra 10min journey upwards definitely recommended.

One of my favorite hikes with a taste of the creek, redwoods and coastal panoramic views...each time is different with the wild flowers in bloom a unique experience.

Most excellent!

the trail along the Creek/river has been cleared and is ready, looking great... I think it is still closed officially. Met some hikers and trail runners nevertheless..one of my favorites.
On a good day (no coastal fog)the views at the top are fantastic.

The trail will re-open this month according to the Friends of Garrapata Facebook page!!! It's been closed since July 2016. I cannot wait to hike up there again!

Is this hike back open yet ! =))

Does anybody know if this is still closed?

I love this trail. I hike it at least once a month. Can be hiked year round, but lots of snow right now (March.)

This is a hike! Such an awesome view from the peak! Hard as all hell, but we'll worth it!

Little hard to find if you don’t know where you’re going. Don’t let the steepness intimidate you. this is by far the best view you can get of surrounding areas without that much difficulty. From above heart lake you can see Mt. Shasta, Black Butte, Mt. Ashland (far distance) and then if you look hard enough you can even spot Mt. Lassen and the Crags. You have to climb above heart lake up on the ridge to see this but honestly everything here is absolutely GORGEOUS.

1 month ago

Heed the warnings in other reviews about knowing where the TH is!! If you click “directions” from the AllTrails app, it doesn’t take you all the way to the TH (it takes you to a place to park if you have a low clearance vehicle.) We ended up walking a ways down the wrong road because we didn’t know which one led to the trail. Once we figured out which way to go, we drove our Subaru the rest of the way to the trail. The trail itself is really great: low traffic, dogs on leash allowed, and beautiful views of Shasta (if the clouds aren’t covering the mountain.)

Great hike with my dog! Didn’t see many other people, and the view of Castle Lake from Heart Lake is amazing. Be careful if you come in the winter, as the snow and ice makes this more of a “hard” hike than “moderate”. The trail was packed down so snowshoes aren’t necessary (as mentioned in another review). There’s a small stream to cross at the beginning, with a precarious piece of plywood over it, so be prepared for that.

I did this hike with a group of friends of varying backpacking experience back in 2011 when we were all juniors in high school. This may have been at the peak of its popularity before the fires, and as luck would have it, the springs were VERY crowded, and they are all very small and intimate. It was a really great bonding experience, and for the less outdoorsy friends, it really opened their eyes to the magic of getting somewhere worthwhile on your own two feet. Unexpectedly gnarly up and down the entire way; my ankles were done by the time we got to camp! You can hike out in two days if you need by sleeping at a camp that is about halfway. Definitely a formative experience for me as an outdoors lover. However, I’ll admit looking back that this is one of the less impressive and beautiful hikes in the area of Big Sur. While this trail is being fixed up, I encourage you to explore more of the Ventana and Silver Peak Wildernesses! Who knows, maybe more natural hot water is hiding out there... Remember to practice LEAVE NO TRACE principles! Hike prepared!

Still closed

If you want a hike that offers great views with very little foot traffic, this is the one to take! Be sure to get specific directions to the TH if you've not been before... the drive there is not a straightforward shot. This hike is best done in cooler weather as most of the rocky trail beyond the first 1/4 mile is completely exposed. Wear sturdy shoes to help you navigate boulder-size rocky sections the majority of the trail. On a clear day, the views from the top are beautiful!

2 months ago

Great hike, cold due to the hike on the North side but ultimately beautiful!! Amazing views if the Valley, Castle Crags in the distance, Mt. Shasta. It is dirt and lava rock trail.

2 months ago

Super fun hike with amazing views of Mt Shasta and the surrounding region the whole way. Followed the dirt road to where all trails marks the start of the trail- we were in an Audi A3 E-tron and had no problems with clearance, notably no snow or ice on the road at the time. The trail is easy to follow and wraps around the butte with a steady but never steep uphill climb. There are stretches traversing rock fields and boulders so definitely recommend hiking boots and proceeding with caution- not treacherous though.

2 months ago

My friend visiting the area said this beach was straight out of a Lovecraftian novel. Definitely spooky, but beautiful. Great place to chill and make art in the sand. Water looks dark.

Nice trail, beautiful views at the top. Yesterday there was probably 1 ft-2ft of snow most of the way, but it’s pretty stamped down from all the hikers, some areas more challenging than others. Didn’t need snow shoes (though you could get away with them off to the sides of the trail), just wear some waterproof hiking boots and water repellent pants and you’ll be good to go!

Ran up the trail most often way with my dog. Hard run to moderate hike. Can get crowded on weekend. Very nice views.

i think it might still be closed. i've hiked it at least 50 times. The first part is full of cacti on the left and the creek on the right. It then turns into a luminous green paradise of fern and redwoods. one time i saw a huge ladybug hatch, probably 40 sq. feet, magnificent yet a little creepy.
There are beautful chiseled log steps in sections. The sounds of birds and the babbling creek are an extra treat! After you crawl up more washed out steps at the half way it turns into open scrub. The ocean view ahead makes it all worthwhile. This is a must do when it opens!

This trail is closed indefinitely-lots of mudslide damage.

Very steep and challenging but 100% worth it.

No snow, a little icy. Heart Lake is frozen over.

Closed till further notice. All trails should update asap. #cobrahikingclub

3 months ago

Easy and pleasant walking trail with some beautiful lake and mountain views. There isn’t much change in elevation, but it’s still a good walking/running trail with ample space to explore along the beach.

3 months ago

Start out going right and you will walk alongside the canyon with gorgeous views of small waterfalls. Great variety of terrain and strenuous to burn a good amount of calories. Definitely worth the effort to the top!

Beautiful views.

Nice easy hike, minus the end. It was a bit of a steep climb to get to the beach that was hard with kids. Otherwise, pretty views and information/educational boards along the way.

Lovely winter hike. As mentioned by others, lots of side trails so easy to get off trail, especially once the snow covers some tracks. I was glad I had microspikes for the steeper slushy/icy parts. The frozen lake plus Mount Shasta views however can't be beat!

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