Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake

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Castle Crags Wilderness

Heart Lake Trail From Castle Lake is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mount 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

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

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
muddy
no shade
snow
1 day ago

Worth the trek!! The views of Mount Shasta from the top are unreal. Highly recommend for hiking, backpacking, and watching the sunset!

hiking
rocky
washed out
3 days ago

Amazing views! A bit difficult to follow the trail as you get above the trees, seems like everyone made their own path up. Note: you get to a little stream right at the beginning that you should just cross (easy to do without getting wet) instead of going around. Worth the views at the top!

I do this hike all of the time. Never, have I seen so many people and overnight tents.

hiking
bugs
rocky
snow
4 days ago

Hard going up, easy coming down and the view is so worth it from the top!

rocky
snow
6 days ago

Amazing views!!!

hiking
flooded
rocky
6 days ago

Beautiful views of Shasta and the Lake. End of the trail has awesome cliffs to have lunch with a view.

hiking
icy
muddy
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
6 days ago

No visible trail whatever, difficult hike especially with all the ice and snow covered. Steer left and keep going left. It’s right above the castle lake. It’s actually tiny lake. Beautiful hike, no trail whatsoever.

muddy
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

beautiful view of Shasta. lakes are small but, nice. trail is hard to follow at times. a maze of social trials crisscross and it's hard to find at times.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
9 days ago

Awesome trail. Short hike up to Heart Lake from Castle Lake, some snow and lots of snow melt. Great day with amazing views!

icy
muddy
rocky
snow
20 days ago

Awesome trail. Hit it early because a ton of people were making their way in on our way out. we started at 8 am.

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