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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.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked yesterday 1-12-19. Maybe 3-4 inches of snow at the top, no need for snow shoes. Always a good hike with sweet views of Shasta at the top (make sure to hike a few minutes past the official “end of trail” sign for better views to the north)

hiking
8 days ago

What an amazing gift in our back yard. Can’t wait to go again! It was a long journey for my kids but the payoff was HUGE and well worth it. Felt like we could see for eternity.

More difficult than moderate but quite a nice view of Shasta at the top. Past bit is like walking up a giant staircase with big steps.

Great easy walk

The parking lot and trailhead were literally right off of the freeway. The trial was beautiful and mostly moderate. Unfortunately, we went on a cold rainy day. I can’t wait to go back on a clear day. 9.3 miles in total and we pretty much stayed on the trial.

According to the sign at the trailhead, this hike is 4.3 miles each way. It is a fantastic hike with stunning views. We loved it!

on Castle Dome Trail

1 month ago

Loved it so much!! So many climbing opportunities! I started this hike in the parking lot inside the Park, and definitely not 11-12 miles of hiking, way less than that. And definitely not a hard hike, moderate is accurate. Amazing.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike. Lots of signs and markers. Well maintained trail. Lots of uphill but not too steep. Rock climbing opportunity if you are interested. Would highly recommend. We hiked about 8.5 miles overall but that included exploring the rocks and doing a Little Rock climbing.

Beautiful hike. Very Easy stroll. Directions to trailhead terrible. Go opposite side of freeway from Castle Crags visitor center. Past picnic area sign. Trail nicely maintained.

Beautiful easy trail. Great day hike from I5. Your chance to walk on a piece of the PCT!

hiking
2 months ago

A relatively hard hike that is completely worth it because the views are incredible. I started this hike at the Castle Crags entrance parking lot. From the parking lot I took Bob's Hat up and crossed the PCT and then connected with Crags Trail. Did a quick out and back to Indian Springs along the way before continuing up Crags Trail to the top. Nothing terribly technical, just a bit of scrambling here and there as you near the top. Fun stuff. From the parking lot (and with all of the diversions I took) I ended up at just over 10 miles when I was done. Definitely will be headed back to this area to explore more.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike 10/24/18. Good, strenuous 8.6 mi out an back from the Soda Creek trailhead. Last 1.5 miles was mostly out of the tree cover, and the views of Shasta and the rest of the Crags was impressive. Had my 35 mm Nikon with me and took a number of “suitable for framing” photos. Great hike!

Views are awesome and very comfortable trail. Gets steep toward the end and somewhat sketchy. Hard coming down since its a constant decline.

hiking
2 months ago

unique area with great views. Leave dog at home:(

hiking
2 months ago

THIS WAS HARD! But one of the most worthwhile, amazing hikes I've ever done. Once you hit the wilderness area, the trail is rocky but to me that is fun; stepping up over boulders and stairstepping in certain areas is way more fun than an flat, even trail. The views were second to none. Our legs and lungs were burning, and we didn't bring enough water (so we were VERY thirsty back at the car!). At the dome it was fun to have some snacks and explore the cool terrain. I would do this again in a heartbeat, it's such a great experience.

Okay. I do a lot of hiking. I do a lot of uphill climbing. But I’m telling you this is a tough 2.8 miles!! That being said, the views are spectacular!! Plus you haul ass going down because it’s SO steep!!

on Root Creek Trail

3 months ago

It’s a hard trail in some points, really steep, but doable. We got lost so many times, the trail is not well marked, so you need to pay attention.

hiking
4 months ago

I’d like to think of myself as a physically fit person but hot damn this was hard! It took me about 3 hours all in all but was much harder than I expected! Make sure to bring more water than you normally would, the climb up is STEEP with minimal plateaus. The final 45 minutes (on the climb) require some rock climbing (nothing crazy but just something to note) and stretches that are in the sun with zero shade. All said, it’s well worth the work - had I brought more water, I would have stuck around at the top for a while - enjoy!

I got the chance to hike this trail on August 17, 2018. I started from the parking lot at the top in the park. the first 3 tenths of a mile are easy, but when you get to where the trail starts, it goes up and continues up and switches back and forth. it does level from time to time and eventually gets rocky because you are in the crags. If you aren't a skilled hiker, give yourself time and breaks often. take lots of water and if you want take the trail to Indian springs to fill up your water bottle. also if you start the hike from the upper parking lot, the climb is only 2.8 miles one way. My suggestion, go as far as you can, but get to at least where the trees start to think, so you can get a closer look at the crags. Well worth it.

I didn't start this trail from the beginning as shown, but from the parking lot up at Vista view. from here, the trail isn't as long, but is a nice walk out to the creek.

went last year. got whooped and had the time of my life. anazing area. can't wait to go back.

Fabulous climb

I love this trail went with best pal Eric!

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

hiking
7 months ago

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
7 months 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
7 months 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.

hiking
8 months 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
8 months ago

did mid-late april, and it was beautiful out

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