Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake

MODERATE 76 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
682 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
1 month ago

Steep and rocky with several side trails accessing beautiful views of the lakes. Busy but easy to find seclusion. Several nice picnic areas.

1 month ago

Went up there Saturday afternoon. It was chilly and cold wind was coming off the lake. So we started up the trail around 3:00pm. Modest uphill for 1/4-1/2mile in. Really frustrating (I'm quite out of shape) steep uphill until you get to a lot more modest uphill with mostly rocks coming out of the mountain. When we got to the rock face, we steered to far right and had to climb up a much steeper rock face into heart lake, rather than the longer trail to the left. But it was cloudy, and misty, and really magical. The views from the top, and the rock face hiking up, were absolutely awesome! I love this trail. Not too long, uphill was strenuous, but very rewarding versus the work put in. I'd recommend the main trail for safety, as it got a bit dicey hiking up the rock face, though never anything really dangerous, just steep, rocks, and short falls. It was a lot of fun. And the lake was great, very misty, I'll upload one photo. Have a great day!

-------------Mike

hiking
1 month 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.

2 months 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
2 months ago

2 months 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
3 months 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
3 months 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

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

I've done this hike several times, most recently on Sunday, July 2nd. I hiked above Heart Lake and this is the view from the summit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LITgUmGLKA

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! Amazing views!

5 months ago

Awesome views and refreshing lake st the top!

hiking
5 months ago

Just got back from hiking up to Heart Lake from Castle Lake. It's a decent hike that is pretty steep in certain areas. The main trail was a bit hard to see towards the top due to water runoff damaging the trail. Also, there are no posted signs to guide you to Heart Lake so I recommend a hiking or gps app to guide you. Absolutely stunning views await you at the top however!

hiking
5 months ago

July 2, 2017
Beautiful views! Moderate to hard short climb to Heart lake with a great view of Shasta and Castle Lake. We continued further up to the top which I believe is Castle Trail. Definitely recommend continuing to the top for amazing 360 views of the lakes and Castle Crags!

hiking
5 months ago

got up there with a 3 year old on my back! not easy. pretty steep climbing for young children. There were a few kids 6-10, but probably too hard for most younger ones. you can lose the trail at parts but there were a good many people hiking up and down. also if you just keep aiming in the basic direction you'll pick up the trail again. if you look up from castle lake you can see a small bit of snow- not the big patches up toward the top of the mountain. the small bit of snow is where you can aim for! definitely worth it, and many strong powerful energies from the mountain up at heart lake.

5 months ago

grew up here. so absolutely beautiful. very privileged to have this view every day.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

The trail has rewarding views when you get to the lake. The trail is not marked at all and had it not been for the AllTrails GPS we would have never made it. About half way up there is a fork and you need to keep right. It is difficult if not impossible to see the fork with your eyes only. There is also a second fork where you need to keep right again.

camping
6 months ago

This trail is amazing and a must do. The first half of the trail is easy to follow, the second half not so much. The map on all trails works enough though that I could follow the direction. Also you can follow the streams up. My dog and I had a wonderful time. The views were seriously outstanding for such a short hike.

You can also camp at the top which I will definitely be doing next time.

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