Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake

MODERATE 25 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

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.

camping
7 days 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.

17 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

26 days ago

1 month ago

Best views you can get for such a short hike. Trail isn't marked 100%, but it's fairly easy to navigate. i suggest hiking above heart lake for an even more breathtaking view!

1 month ago

4 months ago

Gorgeous!!

5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Great Trail. Slightly Challenging. If your not used to the altitude it will be even more of a challenge. Trail not marked and it can be easy to stray. Just stay on the rocky path and follow other hikers. Once you reach Heart Lake, you can continue west up on the ridge to get an AMAZING view of Mt Shasta and the surrounding area. Stay positive.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

Took children all the way up to Heart Lake from Castle Lake. The hike was full of beautiful views!

8 months ago

Watch your footing! Pick your way up to the top of the ridge for great views of Castle Crags.

9 months ago

This is a gorgeous hike, the view is incredible!

walking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

I recommend this hike for its views of Mt Shasta. As for Heart Lake it is beautiful a must see.

hiking
10 months ago

Be careful with the above descriptions. The first one is the correct one. The second is for HART lake, not HEART lake.
The views from the top are spectacular but the trail is not easy to follow. I got lost as well as everybody else coming up the trail because it suddenly vanishes in the rocks. Just keep on going in the same direction. The lake is directly above Castle Lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, elevation affected one of my party so beware. I think I was around 6000 when we got to the lake, but it was well worth it. Bring a camera! Oh, on the downside, the trail is not well marked, so lot of folks are trampling around trying to find the way; ourselves included.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun hike for all ages. Enjoying Heart Lake and the view of Mount Shasta is a wonderful reward. I have done this hike many times.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Plan on going straight up, much of the time on rocks. The good point is it's less than a mile of a strenuous uphill. I thought it would be an easier uphill, so don't count on that. We went up during a summer storm so the view was mostly clouds. Cute little lake up top and you can tell would be a spectacular view on a clear day. If you want a beginner trail to break in your kids for backpacking, or more strenuous trails, this is it. It has the uphill climb, but without the extended duration.

The only thing making me only give four stars is it's easy to lose the trail once you get on the rocky part. There's a "fork" in the rocky part and you're to stay to the right, but honestly we world have missed it if someone hadn't just came down that part and told us to stay right at a stick marker.

After that, there were multiple times we would have lost the trail if prior hikers hadn't put up the stone stack markers. So, just be careful. Use your AllTrails app gps (always on even without service) to double check your trail.