Castle Dome Trail

MODERATE 60 reviews
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Castle Dome Trail is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Castella, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3106 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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10 days ago

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24 days ago

26 days 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
27 days 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.

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1 month ago

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1 month 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.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

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

2 months ago

2 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!

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Beautiful hike!

hiking
3 months ago

3 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.