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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. The park is open sunrise to sunset.

Amazing trail. This hike was a challenge for me. The time I did this hike,I was a lot heavier and had trouble breathing. I would like to go back and do it again.

easy trail, moderately steep on some portions but no clue why its rated as hard. boring hike most of the way, once you get into the crags its cool. the dome scramble isnt bad, reviews on here seem to reflect pansies not willing to live a little. pilot rock is way more dangerous and thats a breeze. do yourself a favor and summit the dome

This hike was harddddd. It was completely uphill for the first half, and if you’ve taken a couple months break from hiking like I have then it will be a struggle for you. But the views at the top are lovely and scrambling up the rocks was pretty fun. A great workout and fun time overall! Just make sure you bring lots of water (did this hike in 90 degree weather and wished I had brought more with me) and enjoy!

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked this trail Memorial Day weekend. The trail was spectacular, offering splendid views of the valley, Mt. Shasta and the Crags. The Indian Springs side trail is short and worth it; the springs are small but gorgeous and the stop offers a different view of the Crags.
The hike is a great workout, 3 miles uphill! The upper parking lot is pretty small and the road is one lane, get there early to secure a space. There was a park ranger there directing parking so nobody would get blocked in...very nice.

hiking
28 days ago

AMAZING! Steady incline all the way up. Had to scrabble up rocks during the last bit. Plenty of areas to trek around once at the top. Be sure to grab a photo of the trail end sign. Mostly shade till the last 1/3 and then your so amazed at the view you don't even pay attention. I bet it would be plenty warm in the summer. About 2 hours to get up and that was lots of photos stops.

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1 month ago

Loved this hike! Went in February 2018 and there wasn’t any snow on the trail but some on the mountain tops. It was a great workout being all uphill and we took several side forks to see more of the beautiful rocks! Overall from our campsite below it took about 2 hours to the top. There wasn’t many others on the trail probably due to the time of year. This is one of my favorites if not my very favorite hike so far as the views were spectacular and plentiful!

hiking
1 month ago

did mid-late april, and it was beautiful out

hiking
1 month ago

I've hiked this trail twice (both in the Fall of 2017) and loved both trips. Can't wait for the Spring/Summer season 2018 to begin. There is an entrance fee to access the trailhead from within the park. The hike maintains a relatively steep progression for most of the ascent. The final 1/3 of the hike up through the Crags is glorious with wonderful views. At the very top, walk 100 yards past the trail-end and there are a a few rocks that can be climbed with ease for great views of Mt. Shasta. Though be careful, as there is a very sizable drop-off on the other end of the rocks.

Really awesome trail. Went on a clear day and not crowded at all. Take the map that you get from the Forest Rangers as the hike is not clearly marked in certain areas. Highly recommend

Loved every step up and down! So much beauty all around and the view at the top breathtaking!!!! Hit that dome you won’t regret it!

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2 months ago

Awesome hike. Hard, but doable.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail, but the trailhead is not where it is shown here. $8 admission to the park, and use their maps.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike. My first hike in a while. I was a bit tired going up but had ample rest in between. I hiked this in March on a Saturday and there were quite a few groups hiking this trail. There was also a bit of snow on the ground and would recommend snow or waterproof hiking shoes with a good grip. Also, check the current US snow cover weather. We witnessed a girl that broke her ankle coming down and had to get airlifted because she wasn’t wearing the proper shoes. Also the snow started to melt late afternoon. Even with my non-waterproof hiking shoes I glided about 10 times. Careful. I would definitely hike this trail again. I love it great views all around.

We hiked to the dome and it did not disappoint!! The hike was a challenge but worth every second! We will be doing this again soon .... before it gets too warm!

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2 months ago

Amazing hike the last little bit is the hardest but the views... breath taking

One of the best trails I’ve visited. Highly recommend! We went early April and the conditions were great.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike and views! Brutal if you don’t stop and rest a lot. Or if the tiny upper lot is full so you have to park and hike from the lower lot, adding ~1 mile and ~500 elevation to the hike up. Can’t beat the experience or the climbing opportunities!

Been up this trail several times in my life - it’s hard but so worth it! Must climb the dome at the end!!

hiking
2 months ago

Breath taking views. Up was hell down was merciful. Sore the next day, but very doable for the average in shapeish person.

hiking
3 months ago

This is my favorite hike so far. I would do this again.

FYI, I would rate this on the harder end of the moderate scale - the climb can get pretty steep for some extended sections. The views are worth it though. Make sure to bring some cash as you do have to pay for parking when you get in to the park.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Please take hiking shoes when you go! there is snow up top rocks get slippery & could get dangerous. There was a hiker who broke their ankle & rescue had to come. But other than that awesome hike! amazing views I recommend... you’ll definitely cross out leg day with this hike lol. Hike safe out there yall!

hiking
3 months ago

A short drive from highway, this trail was a welcome break during a day of driving. Great views of Castle Crags, Mt Shasta and the Gray mts. Ancient granite defines the upper portion of the trail, beautiful! Campsites look nice for car camping, kind of lame that state park day use fee is required. The State Park is acting as gatekeeper to the Castle Crags wilderness area which contains nearly the entirety of Castle crags and begins just a short way in this trail. Shenanigans

backpacking
4 months 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

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5 months 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
7 months ago

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

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