Castle Rock Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stateline, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.7 miElevation gain600 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRock climbingWalkingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockySnow
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Nice hike through Tahoe forest to Castle Rock. Beautiful views. Good rock climbing if you want to go to the top. Trail markings are somewhat confusing, as the hike joins and then leaves a portion of the Tahoe Rim Trail.

The trail is off the end of a residential side street with the trail going down and to the right. There is an alternate entry at a Tahoe Rim Trail parking area further up the road. No facilities.

From Stateline, NV head up Kingsbury Grade (RT 207) for 2.8 miles. Turn left on N. Benjamin and continue onto Andria Dr and it eventually dead ends into the trailhead

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Jessica Desrosiers
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Only went out and back. Still very slushy/slippery

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Libby Reyff
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beautiful. definitely still a LOT of snow on the ground. we wore snow boots are were fine, just slow going. a little slippery in places.

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Timothy Irvine
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Great trail, easy for the most part with light scrambling at the very end. As of 2021 April there is only hard packed snow and you can do it all without crampons / snowshoes. We used YakTraks (lightweight crampon like chains) for the last hundred yards up to the final lookout point. The AllTrails map is confusing at the final looo though, because at the very end it suggests that you can loop around all of Castle Rock You can only go up to a lookout point and then back down (unless you want to do actual mountain climbing).

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Lauren Korth
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Super pretty! Not too much of an incline besides the beginning and end. Today had very slushy snow, and your feet will fall into little pockets of snow, so wear good shoes! Take it slow and careful, but overall great and easy to follow footprints most of the time. The smaller loop off the main trail around castle rock was hard to figure out, but we made it halfway and it was beautiful!

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Bhavan Pandya
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Kayla Malone
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Crunchy, crusty snow at the beginning of the loop. Doable without snowshoes as long as you have good snow boots. Saw some snowmobilers and one other hiker with poles.

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Kimberly Blay
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Nick Santos
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Great hike! If you don't have crampons, spikes, or snowshoes-- get some. It makes the hike enjoyable and safe. Beautiful day and beautiful views. Icy at the top

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Tighe Sheldon
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2-23-21. Well tracked out. Crampons in the morning on the hard pack will make your life a lot easier

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Kevin Diaz
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Trail is very packed and icy. Could be done in any shoes but glad I brought my boots. Bring layers. I was fine in just jeans.

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Nick Lawrence
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Went on 1/19/21 still lots of snow and ice, but we didn’t use spikes or poles and were fine. Trail is very well worn but I don’t recommend venturing off of it unless you know the area. Went up to the rock but didn’t see much vista, we didn’t think it was safe to scramble with all the ice. Dog enjoyed it but ice started getting to her paws a little, luckily it’s not a long hike and there are plenty of dirt patches to rest. Excited to come back in summer, I bet it’s a perfect sunset spot. Doggo approved

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Kelsey Wallace
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

I hiked this trail on 1/17/2021 and while you don’t need crampons or snow shoes it was slick! Be mindful! Still a great hike.

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Alyona Timkina
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Wonderful Loop w beautiful view. On 1.10.21 we didn’t need snowshoes as it was not much snow lately. Easy parking.

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Tristan Biles
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Slushy but fun! Warm out

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gabby menendez
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Jenna Avila
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The trail was the perfect distance for a morning walk/ hike. Recommend spikes or walking poles- a few slippery areas. A little dissatisfied with the lack of lake views! There was only one spot about ¼ up and we passed it quickly thinking we would get a bigger panoramic.

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Michael J Chong
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Beautiful hike through the snow and amazing panoramic view of Lake Tahoe from the top of Castle Rock. Trail was covered in packed snow so it was fine to hike in trail runners. Trekking poles and/or spikes optional. There were only a handful of people on the trail on a Wednesday afternoon. If there were fresh snow I’d recommend snow shoes as the snow off the trail was a foot deep. View from atop Castle Rock requires some scrambling/mountaineering in the winter. Take precaution when there’s snow and stay within your comfort zone. Some rock climbing experience is recommended to get to the top for the best view.

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Diego Castro
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We went as tourist to the area it was a great trail and thanks to the app super easy to navigate. Make sure u wear the proper shoes! It gets icy

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Kara Maceross
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Definitely snow-covered at this point. I used yak tracks but my hiking partner didn’t and slipped here and there. Beautiful serene hike with cool rock formations overlooking the lake.

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Carly Ward
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Hiked this in beautiful weather, but Yak Trax are a must. There was lots of ice pack to navigate through, especially in the shadey spots. We were a young group that didn't need trekking poles, but they definitely help if you have any doubts about slipping. The trail to the top of the rocks was very technical and unclear. A true scramble with snowpack & some ice, so exercise caution. It's a wonderful hike even if you don't get up the to top, but the view is spectacular on a clear day at the top and the wind was nonexistent. Perfect weather to soak in some sun and share some schnapps! Trail posts were present to help navigate and orient. Highly recommend.

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