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 hiking and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,726 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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forest

views

rocky

scramble

no dogs

NOTE: It has been reported that the parking lot is CLOSED due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
rocky
22 hours ago

great trail, mostly uphill and last 2 miles are rocky

hiking
4 days ago

Incredible hike, but it will take a lot out of you! Ample shade for most of the hike, but surprisingly hot and sunny closer to the top. Indian Springs trail is short and a great place to cool off under some water and grab a snack before the final push. It adds about 20 minutes and is worth it. PARKING: There is a parking lot on your right when you exit Soda Springs heading south on I-5. Park there and look for PCT signs on the west side of the highway! This is the best option for parking since the park itself is closed due to COVID. We parked here with no trouble.

recorded Castle Dome Trail

walking
5 days ago

Beautiful but take into account the elevation. It took us 2 hours going up because of the elevation plus we took a break.

hiking
7 days ago

Awesome hike! Stunning!

hiking
9 days ago

Great hike. Amazing views.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful if we could see anything, but rain and fog was too thick. Last 0.2mi of trail was pretty overgrown.

20 days ago

Epic-sized adventure and views. Worthy of more recognition for the granite, Shasta views, and overall fun route to the top. Please be careful if you choose to scramble on the dome! If you're traveling on i-5, this is about the most accessible hike with these views you'll find!

hiking
25 days ago

Fantastic views, all around great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Started at 10am and did the hike in about 4 hours, our maps showed it ended up being about 9 miles from the I-5 start point. There was a few inches of snow on parts of the trail near the top but still doable the whole way up!

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scramble
2 months ago

This was an awesome hike. Views of Shasta and castle crags is amazing. Little scrambling to get to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an epic hike. Starts of shaded going through a pine tree forest; first 3.5mi going up from Soda Creek. Then opens up around Indian Springs with a hike up on a granite trail to the base of the crags. Spectacular views of Mt. Shasta from atop.

3 months ago

Great trail with great views on the top. There was no snow on the trail and weather was warm enough to go without a jacket. A bit of scrambling in the end, but nothing difficult.

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rocky
3 months ago

No snow on the trail, amazing views!

hiking
3 months ago

We are new to the Trinity Alps, but definitely one of the best hikes that I've been on in Northern California. I would definitely rated as difficult if you are starting from Interstate 5 and going up via the Pacific Crest Trail. Total time 5 and 1/2 hours on trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike to enjoy if you are taking a break from I-5 driving. Good trail for running. The scramble up to the top of the dome is excellent. 3rd class. If you got yourself into 4th class terrain you’re off-route. The PCT in this section has several road sections. It’s not the best.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the area. If you are planning to go, it is definitely worth it. The views are magnificent and it is a generally moderate trail once you adjust to the elevation. It is pretty easy to to make it up and down in a day, but I suggest taking a lunch and a lot of water with you. Some area make great picnicking places too. After you reach the end of the trail, there are still plenty of places to explore among the rocks and ledges (just stay safe).

hiking
6 months 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!

hiking
6 months 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

recorded Castle Dome Trail

hiking
7 months 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.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike with amazing views of Mt 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.

recorded Castle Dome Trail

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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bugs
no shade
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rocky
scramble
8 months ago

8 months ago

Amazing and strenuous workout! Start at Vista Point as it is a hard climb. It is absolutely worth the effort and you will be happy as a clam when you get tot the top and experience the magnitude of this epic place. Love it and plan to hike again before snow comes. Wear hiking boots/shoes. I saw too many people with inappropriate footwear and that is dangerous on this trail.

hiking
9 months ago

5 stars! Hiked in mid August. We started at the PCT, went up Root Creek and back, then to Indian Springs to fill up our water bottles (yum!) and back, and then headed to the Castle Crags. my friend made it to the top of the crags themselves while I stayed one level shy. It was adventurous and pretty strenuous at times but really exciting with amazing views and forests. We clocked 12.5 miles.

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