Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake

MODERATE 54 reviews
#3 of 26 trails in

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

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.

3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

hiking
20 days 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
23 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes! Amazing views!

1 month ago

Awesome views and refreshing lake st the top!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month 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.