Explore the most popular snowshoeing trails near Soda Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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on Castle Peak Trail

hiking
1 day ago

Great hike with amazing views.

Things to know: Take bug spray. You’ll be happy to have it in the first mile or so, before you get into fast elevation grades. Obviously, you need
water, glasses, and suntan lotion. I don’t like poles, but I’d think most people do.

The hike is 3.0-3.1 miles to the top. After the first 1.5 miles it gets much steeper with incline grades of 30-60 percent. Those don’t relent for almost the entire way to the top. At the top you have to do some very minor rock climbing to get to the top. Amazing views and feeling of accomplishment.

For those who are in very good shape it’s probably not that big of a deal. For the weekend warrior it’s a great workout but it’s not going to be easy, but you can do it!

Also, anyone who takes a 4 year old on this trail is irresponsible in my opinion. It’s way too steep to think taking a small child on the last mile
of this trial is a good idea.

Amazing hike! Starts off fairly mundane...but then steps it up and is very challenging but worth the pay off at the end!

Great hike as advertised. Lots of wild flowers and spectacular views.

hiking
15 days ago

Easy trail to the base of the mountain, but a bit of a scramble to the summit. Worth it for the views

Fun and challenging hike! The trailhead is located right off of I-80. Plenty of street parking. I would recommend trekking poles as the downhill descent is steep with loose rocks. Lots of interesting rock formations with spectacular views. Dog friendly!

Fun trail, with gradual incline. Fun to run but in certain parts be careful of rocks / snow. Great views at Castle Rock Peak.

hiking
25 days ago

This was a super fun and easy trail! We went early in the morning and it was very chilly at the top, so definitely prepare for that. At the top, you can see two ridge lines; make sure you descent to the correct ridge line it’s easy to get them mixed up! There was a little bit of snow but it was mostly melted.

There was a nice view at the top and there were lots of cool rocks and things to see all the way up. I definitely would recommend this hike! It’s a great trail for if you don’t want to drive all the way to Tahoe but want to do some good hiking!

Hiked 6/20/18 with my 9 & 4 year old. At the bottom mosquitos were out, but disappeared after leaving the road and starting on the trail. Wish I had brought bug spray though. Poles would definitely have helped toward the top! Windy at summit but great views. Took us 4 hours with the kids but without them could have been much faster!

on Castle Peak Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. There is a little bit of snow left and the wildflowers are still in bloom as you aapproach the summit. Poles may be helpful as you get to the top due to the loose gravel. Super windy at the top of the peak in the mornings; however, the views are amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

Climbed on 6/9/18. Trail has decent amount of water running down from the last bit of snow melt. At the second parking area ~1mi in, there’s packed snow on the trail for 1/3-1/2 mi. Pretty much clear to the summit after that.

hiking
1 month ago

6/16/18 Got to the trailhead around 8 and there were only a few other cars on a Saturday morning. More by the time we left but not crowded. Still patches of snow on the ground in some parts but nothing major. About 3 hours round trip with a stop at the summit to make coffee and eat a snack. Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Still a good bit of snow in some parts. Make sure your boots are water proof and prepare your quads for a good work out on the last mile of the ascent to the peak.

Yessssum ammoooozing hike yezzz

hiking
1 month ago

classic Donner hike with a couple challenges, some steap ones though. amazing view from the East tower which is the true summit and maintains the hardware to prove it. pretty busy hike on the weekends is the only downside.

2 months ago

App keeps closing on me, the activity is snowshoeing, I went in shoes that vented and my socks were wet. There is still a lot of snow up there. There are trails on the snow made by snow motor vehicle that you can't really miss. It's really peaceful and beautiful up on the peak where you can see mountain ranges in 360°. It was cloudy so it for chilly for me. Would definitely go again when the snow melts!

Beautiful full moon in the valley last night. Glad we wore snowshoes. Trail is poorly marked. Snow made this a moderate out with elevation change but easy in.

2 months ago

Hiked up the peak yesterday. The snow was well packed, needed snowshoes only on our way back. Great hike and wonderful views!

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Nice hike on a packed snow trail. Went to the ridge for nice views of Castle Rock, wasn't clear if the full loop would go thru, given the snow, which was light for the time of year. We did it in hiking boots without problems, but most were using snowshoes or back country skis.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Had a great sunny day today. Snowshoes the entire trip. I will be doing this again.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

Great hike, dogs loved it. Views we’re stellar! Snow was perfect for snowshoeing.

snowshoeing
5 months ago

First part of the trail was packed down and snow shoes weren’t even necessary, but when I turned off to head across the valley it was completely untracked! Follow the blue diamonds to stay on the trail. FYI there were a couple tricky stream crossings with steep snow banks

Super fun in snow! Went snow shoeing with my best friend today, and it was a beautiful view up at the top! Not too difficult, the steepness is pretty gradual until the end. Would love to see it in the springtime.

Amazing hike. Pack warm, waterproof hiking shoes and trekking poles

Do this hike in the summer then come back and do it in the winter, it’s so amazing to see the change in the terrain. Such an amazing hike I recommend it to everyone

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Also went parallel with the plan to catch the actual trail on the way down, but couldn’t get to the Peak with the snow. Snowshoes helped but in certain areas, especially getting up to the Peak, yaktrax or some kind of spikes would be most helpful. The views from the Ridge were amazing none the less.

snowshoeing
6 months ago

Snoweshoed up to the peak on 1/11/18. We didn’t travel on this trail directly, instead we went parallel to it and then came back on the opposite side, making it a loop. Most of the trail was pretty easy with snowshoes, with the exception of the top, where you really had to dig your crampons in to get yourself up the final stretch. The top was stunning and we even watched a snowing cloud moving in towards us. The effort was worth it!

hiking
7 months ago

Next time I'll wait for spring or summer to do the full loop.
We did this trail and continued to Castle peak. View are good.

Convienient and amazing!!

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