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Address: Six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5., Latitude/Longitude: 41.1852 / -122.3427, Dunsmuir, CA
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Incredible views and hikes reward white-knuckle drive!

You enter Castle Crags State Park from I-5 just south of Dunsmuir. From the main visitors' center find the narrow road that says Vista Point Trailhead. It is a seriously narrow... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Martinez, California
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Martinez, California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

You enter Castle Crags State Park from I-5 just south of Dunsmuir. From the main visitors' center find the narrow road that says Vista Point Trailhead. It is a seriously narrow, twisting road. When you are absolutely certain that you have somehow gotten off the correct road and are lost on an abandoned logging trail take a deep breath and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This was one of the nicer state parks we've stayed at. The facilities were clean and the sites were well maintained. The only downside is the interstate noise and not being able to take our dogs on the trails. We live in WASHINGTON and hike a lot in Oregon so the no dogs on trails is a real bummer for... More 

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Merced, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

It had been 30 years since I last visited Castle Crags. When driving home to California from Seattle recently I decided to spend the night in Dunsmuir. It was a perfect early November autumn day when I came into California. Mt Shasta was beckoning bright and clear -with a new skirt of snow - in late afternoon sunshine. I'd always... More 

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This is a nice stretch of the Upper Sacramento River. Campsites are available directly along the river. Be sure to drive up to Vista Point for one of the best views in California - in one direction the craggy peaks of Castle Crags, in another the snow covered Mt. Shasta. The only negative is the road noise from interstate 5,... More 

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We have been at Castle Crags when it was crystal clear. We took the vista trail on that day and were delighted to see some beautiful views of Mount Shasta from there. On our recent visit in September 2014, we visited on a drizzly damp overcast day. The ranger was quite nice when we stopped to revisit the park. It... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We popped by their on our way up to the Oregon coast, so it was only a one night stay. We did get in some hiking the day we arrived and on the day we left, but there were lots of trails we didn't get a chance to try. The bathrooms were clean, and there were some good sites above... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Beautifully maintained park & assortment of hiking trails. My family & I have been here, many times, to picnic & hike & its always been a great experience.

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Red Bluff, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Extremely hard hike on the Crags trail uphill all the way!! Suggest going to the top then stopping at the springs on the way back. Hard to continue once you stop at the springs first! We stayed at the campground near the river which we loved-until the trains came by. Soooo loud!! No joke.

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Melbourne, Florida
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29 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Crags are a must see for anyone who loves hiking and rock climbing. It's a long hike out to The Ogre with many other climbs in the vicinity of varying skill levels, but a really great hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This place is picturess, has great hikes and stunning views! Lots of options and you get great scenery from your car but get out and walk for the best experiences. One hike has a 2000 foot elevation gain and is a bear! But the pain is so worth it! You will really enjoy the vistas and this is Mother Nature... More 

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