Photos of Castle Peak Trail to Pacific Crest Trail Loop

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,332 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

cross country skiing

hiking

rock climbing

skiing

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

hiking
rocky
scramble
22 days ago

I recommend this route. The ridge between the peaks provides extended access to the Castle Peak views. I extended the start and end of the hike by shifting over to the PCT, which is much better than the dirt road for walking. I also stopped short of reaching the very top of Castle Peak because I’m a bit afraid of heights and standing atop Castle Peak forces a hiker to approach several precipices (not fun!!). Hiking the ridge, on the other hand, is wonderful. I generally don’t use them, but hiking poles are strongly recommended for the ascent to Castle Peak.

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