Castle Dome Trail

HARD 81 reviews
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Castle Dome Trail is a 8 mile lightly 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
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2729 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

views

rocky

scramble

no dogs

backpacking
2 days 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.

1 month ago

The hike is uphill the entire way but worth it once you get to the top.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. Worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

Since the upper lot was full I needed to add an additional mile onto the hike each way which worked out just fine. I believe it ended up being 8 miles total. If you don't want the extra mile, I would recommend going in the morning.

I really appreciated that most of the trail (until the end) was mostly shaded. I loved the second half of the hike, it had beautiful views! You have to be up for some semi scrambling at the end to see the best views. If you scramble around the big tall rocks at the top you'll get breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta.

I'd definitely do this hike again! Next time I would bring a book and lunch so I could enjoy hanging out at the top longer.

hiking
5 months ago

Views, easy to follow, options and a great workout

6 months ago

Strenuous! Amazing! Worth it! The closer you get to the top the harder the trail is to follow. But it all worked out! Loved it! Highly recommend it!

hiking
6 months ago

We accessed castle Dome trail by driving to Castle Crags State Park. The ranger told us to drive all the way to the Vista Point and the trail is opposite the parking lot. From the vista point, you have to hike 2.8 miles to reach the dome. This is a better approach for us since the trail is challenging because of the elevation gain. You also have to hike rocky and exposed areas. The climb is definitely worth it since you get a great view of Mt Shasta and the dome at the top. On our way back, we went to the vista point which is about 0.25 miles from the parking lot. Don't miss it! Overall, it gives you a total of 6.1miles which is a good day hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Important note: there is no parking lot for this hike. You'll park on the side of the road. We were warned by a ranger that car break-ins have occurred and there was indeed broken window glass on the ground.

If you drive one exit south to the park entrance you can pick up the castle crags hike which duplicates a majority of this hike and does not leave out any of the fantastic scenery. I highly recommend that hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Very cool. Has views of Shasta throughout hike. Would recommend.

8 months ago

Very vigorous but worth the hike! When you get to the trail end, be sure to climb to the top of the dome!

8 months ago

One of the best hikes out there. Strenuous but well worth the views from the top. Incredible.

8 months ago

Definitely worth it!!! Stunning view when u reached to the top.

8 months ago

Beautiful hike!

9 months ago

The trail head is just off of I5 and you can park for free. As you face the PC trail sign walk left a hundred feet or so to the trail head. The hike was great. Well worth the 2 hour drive. The trail is rated moderate but I would say it is between moderate and hard.

hiking
10 months ago

A fun trail with a good bit of elevation gain compared to the distances traveled. Stared just before 11, but with warmer weather coming up I would recommend going earlier! The top has some sweet views and great spots to do some rock climbing and scrambling!

hiking
10 months ago

The hike was challenging but AMAZING! Waterproof clothes a must. Tall hiking boots recommended to keep feet dry. Take snow poles for extra support! We went at 10:30 and it was perfect! I would not go any later as it's not safe depending on weather conditions. We started at the vista point and it was like 4.5 miles round trip.

hiking
11 months ago

Overall wonderful hike with fabulous views of Shasta and Castle Crags. We went in early March and hit some snowpack about a half mile from the end. It was packed down and quite slippery, so it didn't seem safe to continue. We had hiking boots but no crampons or axes, so we turned around.

The rocky area after the Wilderness marker was a bit tricky. Sometimes it was hard to see where the designated trail was. I'm a bit nervous about heights, but it wasn't bad for me.

We did the Indian Springs spur. It was very warm here (seemed about 75 F) and a nice place for a snack or lunch. Good views here as well, and there is a water source (but I would filter it).

We went slow and were on the trail for four hours.

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