Castle Peak Trail

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Castle Peak Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1745 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

One of the easiest peaks (9100') to hike in the Tahoe area and is doable as a day hike from the Bay Area. As you approach Donner Pass from the west on I-80, you can't miss Castle Peak on the left. To get to the trailhead, take the Boreal exit (between Soda Springs and Donner Lake.) From the Boreal parking lot go under the freeway and follow the road up to the right and find a place to park. If you have a 4WD with high clearance, you could follow the dirt road and shorten the hike by a mile or two. Start the hike by following the dirt road. In a mile and half the trail will start to climb and you'll reach a junction at Castle Pass. The PCT crosses this junction. Turn right and follow the ridgeline up to Castle Peak. From the ridgeline you look to your left (north) and see a beautiful green valley and ahead and to the right you can see your destination. Simply follow the well defined trail to the top. The climb gets quite steep (1300' gain, mostly in the last 2 miles) and hiking poles can be useful. If you have the time, you can also hike over to Andesite Peak or Basin Peak.

12 days ago

Convienient and amazing!!

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1 month ago

Lots or snow and pretty tough incline to the summit. But great views!

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1 month ago

Breathtaking in both senses. Very well worth the time and energy. I may have taken a hundred photos along this trail. Although I approached Castle Pass from the rest area.

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1 month ago

Great workout and amazing views but a bit slippery.

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1 month ago

Wonderful hike with views 360 degrees
Terrain was rocky and scree in places was slippery but worth the effort

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2 months ago

Wonderful trail, please stay on he trail. Be sure to make for an earily accent to avoid possible afternoon weather, able to get to summit, it is the last turret!

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2 months ago

Amazing views and a great workout.

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2 months ago

Incredible panoramic view from the summit. Well worth the journey which is almost entirely uphill. The trail is clearly visible and easy to navigate. Scaling the outcroppings at the summit should be done only with great caution and experience.

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