Castle Valley Loop Trail

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Castle Valley Loop Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Soda Springs, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
600 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail, with gradual incline. Fun to run but in certain parts be careful of rocks / snow. Great views at Castle Rock Peak.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike on a packed snow trail. Went to the ridge for nice views of Castle Rock, wasn't clear if the full loop would go thru, given the snow, which was light for the time of year. We did it in hiking boots without problems, but most were using snowshoes or back country skis.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

First part of the trail was packed down and snow shoes weren’t even necessary, but when I turned off to head across the valley it was completely untracked! Follow the blue diamonds to stay on the trail. FYI there were a couple tricky stream crossings with steep snow banks

10 months ago

Great loop. Best view of Castle Mountain ever!

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

I took this hike with my wife and two boys, 6 and 9. We only did the western side of the loop, going up to the ridge at the join-up with the PCT, which is about 2 miles one way.

The trail itself was mostly a dirt service road. The path was well-maintained, with tree clearing and rocks added at washout points. The snowmelt had been enough to be mostly clear near the bottom, with drifts on the last half mile up to 6 feet near the ridge, but still passable on foot. When you reach the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), take 5 minutes to go up the ridge for splendid views of Castle Peak and two valleys.

The biggest challenge was poor signage on the route. The forest service signs don't recognize this path, just marking it as a road with no clear connection to the PCT. There are side routes without clear signage. I met someone on the trail who talked about getting lost twice. Fortunately, the AllTrails app was accurate and I was able to use the map via app to make the right decisions at 3 crossings.

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

I hiked this loop at the end of my work day, I'll definitely be back to check out the surrounding trails. Nice views and easy walk. Trails are well marked but I went the wrong direction a couple times (I wasn't paying attention). I easily got back on track but be aware their are a few other trail heads leading off of this route.

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2 months ago

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Friday, August 04, 2017

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

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Friday, October 16, 2015