hiking

Castle Crags State Park is a great Northern California park located in Castella, south of Dunsmuir and north of Redding on Interstate 5 in Siskiyou County. The park can be accessed off of Castle Creek Road. There is only one road that travels through the park that goes from the campground to the vista point. The park gets its name from the crags, or the glacier-polished granite spires, the tallest of which towers 6,500 feet above. Though these rock formations are the main display of this park, there are also amazing views of the surrounding area and Mount Shasta. There are a variety of activities available to visitors of Castle Crags, including hiking, camping, rock climbing, and swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River. The park offers 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites located outside of the developed campsite area. Climbers will enjoy the various rock climbing opportunities within the crags. Within the park there are 28 miles of hiking trails. Popular tails in the park include Castle Dome Trail(Crags Trail) and Root Creek Trail. There is also an access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, which is part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This trail provides access to other great trails in the area, such as Castle Lake Trail. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) also passes through the park. This park is not frequently visited, however it is worth the visit and $8 entrance fee, even if you are just driving up to the vista point.

backpacking
3 days ago

Beautiful hike. Once above the trees you can see Mount Shasta and Shastina. This would probably be a national park in many other states. We loved it.

The hike is uphill the entire way but worth it once you get to the top.

Nice hike. Would do again. Popular trail, great views, good incline

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, power through the endless uphill climb, you'll be rewarded with incredible views!

hiking
1 month ago

not moderate fairly strenuous hike about 6 miles rt....unrelenting uphill after 1st .25 mile

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! We did the 5.7 from the end of the road.

hiking
1 month ago

I was the only car at this parking spot all day. The start is so easy that I thought I was on the wrong trail. And there are numerous trails that cross this path, keep checking All Trails. Then I got near the top...it’s easy if you’re a billy goat. Nah. But it was pressing on the legs and cardio...but well worth every step.
The first few miles is an extremely quiet trail until you connect with the trail to the top.
Do it if you want some solitude. (Only downside: Road noise for a good while...it is a major highway)

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views and well kept trails. This is not a “moderate” hike, it’s definitely hard.

AWESOME!!!

Since the upper lot was full I needed to add an additional mile onto the hike each way which worked out just fine. I believe it ended up being 8 miles total. If you don't want the extra mile, I would recommend going in the morning.

I really appreciated that most of the trail (until the end) was mostly shaded. I loved the second half of the hike, it had beautiful views! You have to be up for some semi scrambling at the end to see the best views. If you scramble around the big tall rocks at the top you'll get breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta.

I'd definitely do this hike again! Next time I would bring a book and lunch so I could enjoy hanging out at the top longer.

hiking
4 months ago

What an experience! We started from the parking lot at the end of the road into the state park, and it ended up being 5.7 miles round trip. The views were superb of mount Shasta, and the trail was well maintained! If you go a little past the end of the trail over a boulder mount Shasta is right there with top notch views! The trail gets steep at parts, but totally worth it! Enjoy!

I was scared of bears

hiking
5 months ago

Views, easy to follow, options and a great workout

hiking
5 months ago

Completed this hike last weekend. It was a great trail to hike with all the members of the family. It was easy and it offered plenty of shade.

Strenuous! Amazing! Worth it! The closer you get to the top the harder the trail is to follow. But it all worked out! Loved it! Highly recommend it!

hiking
6 months ago

We accessed castle Dome trail by driving to Castle Crags State Park. The ranger told us to drive all the way to the Vista Point and the trail is opposite the parking lot. From the vista point, you have to hike 2.8 miles to reach the dome. This is a better approach for us since the trail is challenging because of the elevation gain. You also have to hike rocky and exposed areas. The climb is definitely worth it since you get a great view of Mt Shasta and the dome at the top. On our way back, we went to the vista point which is about 0.25 miles from the parking lot. Don't miss it! Overall, it gives you a total of 6.1miles which is a good day hike.

Twice last year, and made it on top of the dome. It is a magical area.

Great hike. Steep inclines all the way up. Amazing views at the top. Worth it.

on a 100 degree plus day or was a bit more than moderate, but it is also very fun and has amazing views

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