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#28 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in Castle Crags State Park

680 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Castle Crags State Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Castle Crags State Park ranging from 0.8 to 4.5 miles and from 2,053 to 2,746 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Deep in northern California, almost to the Oregon border, is an incredible state park with 6,000 feet tall granite spires looking down on majestic forested mountain ranges. Castle Crags State Park is an enchanting place to hike, camp, rock climb, swim, and fish. The park has miles of trails, including a bit of the Pacific Crest Trail. There is a small fee to enter, which is sure to be worth it.

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Map of trails in Castle Crags State Park
Park information
Acreage:
4000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
530-235-2684
Helpful links
Top trails (9)
#1 - Castle Dome Trail
Castle Crags State Park
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Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 5 h 14 m
Castle Dome Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#2 - Castle Crags Trail
Castle Crags State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(215)
Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
Castle Crags Trail is a 7.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking and rShow more
#3 - PCT: CA Section P - Highway 5 to Etna Summit
Castle Crags State Park
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(15)
Length: 95.7 mi • Est. Multi-day
PCT: CA Section P - Highway 5 to Etna Summit is a 95.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Castella, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. ThShow more
#4 - Root Creek Trail
Castle Crags State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(77)
Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
Root Creek Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikinShow more
#5 - Castle Crags Vista Point
Castle Crags State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(60)
Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 14 m
Castle Crags Vista Point is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is prShow more
#6 - Upper Sacramento River Trail
Castle Crags State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 1 h 56 m
Upper Sacramento River Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilyShow more
#7 - Vista Point Trail
Castle Crags State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(24)
Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 43 m
Vista Point Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#8 - Indian Creek Loop
Castle Crags State Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(15)
Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 24 m
Indian Creek Loop is a 0.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Castella, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#9 - Vista Point Trail to Vista Point Overlook
Castle Crags State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(6)
Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Vista Point Trail to Vista Point Overlook is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily uShow more