Looking for a great trail in Castle Crags State Park, California? AllTrails has 6 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 3 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!

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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.

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20 days ago

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24 days ago

Beautiful hike. Trail was in good shape. Forested until closer to the top. There are views of the Crags and Mt. Shasta on the way up in a few places. Exploring past the "end of trail" sign is kind of a given and results in some wonderful views of Shasta and a glean-like drainage area toward the back of the area. Well worth the hike up.

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24 days ago

6.0 miles, out and back, from the upper parking lot to a sign saying “End of Trail” that really means “You know you want to explore up here, but it’s too dangerous for the state of California to acknowledge exists.” Keep going! The first 1.8 miles were on soft, well-graded forest trail, including an intersection with the PCT a half mile in. The last 1.2 were rocky, and occasionally an extra point of contact with a spare hand helped. Still, the sort of climb a younger kid could do with the right motivation. National Park worthy views & scrambling around the top. A 5+ star value!

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27 days ago

If you start from the alltrail directions, theres a detour with an extra mile to Hike to the vista point parking lot, per recording. Takes you to the vista point parking lot via kettlebelly trail . Brilliant hike with amazing views of the 3 ranges, the tiny hike to vista point gives you an awesome view of what youre about to hike

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1 month ago

This is a 4.5 star hike for me. There isn’t much to see till you get near the top, but when you do, it’s absolutely gorgeous. If there was more on the way up, I’d give it 5 stars.

on Castle Dome Trail

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1 month ago

Started at vista point like others, absolutely amazing hike. Did a little detour to Indian Springs as well and around 3.5 round trip excluding lunch and exploring at the top.

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1 month ago

Make sure you go to vista area or it will be 11 miles round trip

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1 month ago

Challenging climb with amazing views of Mt. Shasta, the crags and surrounding wilderness. Forest shaded for 2/3 (start from Vista Point). Exposed scramble on the rocks last bit. Will return and go beyond the end. No bugs at all in mid October!

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2 months ago

As the previous reviewer said, most of this trail is closed until January. alternative is a bit of an uphill battle, but the vista point is worth it. 2.5 hours, 4.3 miles.

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2 months ago

Great hike with amazing views of My Shasta at the top. We started at Vista Point parking lot. This allTrail suggests to start on the Pacific Crest, but that part is closed due to renovation. So you'd need to start at Vista Point at the moment. Took us 3 hours and 5 min with a short trip out to Indian Springs.

on Castle Dome Trail

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2 months ago

Nice hike. Started in the Castle Crags State Park at the vista point parking lot. Great views of Mt Shasta near top and on a saddle just above the trail end sign.

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2 months ago

This trail starts off of soda creek road at the back of the state park. This adds extra mileage. Use the start park entrance if you’re not into adding extra mileage or time.

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2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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2 months ago

Awesome hike!! Been meaning to do this hike for awhile. Did it and feel awesome!!! Didn’t see any bears

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2 months ago

Just hiked this trail 9/9/2019 Trail was very hard and strenuous. All up hill. We clocked 4 miles there with the trip to Indian garden. Not much to see there. LOTS of bugs and mosquitoes. We didn’t get bit but they were all around our face almost the whole hike up. We started at 8:30 am. Only seen one other person stayed on crags at end trail for about one hour. My husband went up on top I didn’t. On way down we passed 42 others going up. Kind of late to just get going as we were on trail for 6 hours with picture taking and lunch. Trail up. Not much to see till u get to top Remember when you go straight up you come straight down. My feet hurt more coming down as constant pressure on your toes and knees Lot of trail is no switch backs just straight. When they say strenuous they mean it. 2700 elevation gain in 3.5 miles. View at the Crags spectacular Would give more stars but the bugs made it hard it enjoy as much as we would have liked

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2 months ago

Root Creek Trail access via PCT is closed until January. There is a detour of the PCT through the kettleberry trail and looks like you hike up to the vista point then down the root creek trail that way.

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2 months ago

this was a tough trail! we got lost at the end so I'm not sure we actually made it to the "end" but the views are pretty incredible! Bring hiking poles and bug spray!!

Amazing view at the top!

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3 months ago

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