Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake

MODERATE 66 reviews
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Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Shasta, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

private property

Follow signs to Castle Lake from the town of Mt Shasta. From Central Mt Shasta go west on Lake St, turn south on S Old Stage, Veer right at WA Barr Rd, cross Box Canyon Dam (Lake Siskiyou), turn left on the Castle Lake road shortly after the dam and follow the pavement to its end at Castle Lake.

hiking
30 minutes ago

Great hike, and even though lake heart was dried up, you have amazing views of Black Butte, and especially Shastina and Mt. Shasta. Bring your kayaks, because Castle Lake is one beautiful place to spend the day.

hiking
1 day ago

6 days ago

Following the trail can be a challenge, but you ought to find the lake and then continue to go up the mountain for a breath-taking view

hiking
9 days ago

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15 days ago

Beautiful views at the top, bring lunch and a suit if you want to swim so you can enjoy hanging out at the end!

hiking
17 days ago

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24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Taxing hike up to heart lake but totally doable if you pace yourself. There were kids on the trails even. It will wind you though and wear you out, so bring lots of water! Once up there, there are plenty of exploring opportunities in the rocky landscape. Breathtaking views, even though it was smoky from fires.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Wanted to love it but only 4 stars. Easy to find - elevation increase is tough. Hard to stay on trail once you get past Castle Lake (thank you all trails). I found Heart lake unimpressive. Might be based on the smoke which blocked the view of Shasta. You have to however do the overlook of Castle lake

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1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

You climb rather quickly through trees along the lake. The trail levels off a bit about two thirds to heart lake and opens up out of the trees. There are no signs to direct you to heart lake so we missed a fork that we had to double back to. Try to keep right if unsure. We came across full sized rattlesnake maybe 5ft long crossing the trail. Beautiful views from heart lake.

hiking
2 months ago

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hiking
2 months ago

Is this hike still accessible? USDA site says it's on private property?

2 months ago