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“Majestic, breath-taking, challenging or relaxing.......perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castle Crags State Park

Castle Crags State Park
Six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5., Latitude/Longitude: 41.1852 / -122.3427, Dunsmuir, CA
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Dunsmuir
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Northern CA
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18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Majestic, breath-taking, challenging or relaxing.......perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is an absolutely stunning place. I live in the North state and not once have I travelled up the I-5 corridor and not been in awe of the crags as they come in view, and of course, Mt. Shasta further on. There is wonderful hiking, great vistas, camping, crisp clean air and so much forested beauty it's almost unimaginable. You can't miss this!

Visited July 2013
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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“One of the better state parks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

The trail to Castle Dome is a bit of work but definitely worth the effort as the views and scenery are fantastic. Sun screen would be advised and bring enough water. There is a viewing platform with excellent views and high powered telescopes for those that are more time or energy constrained. There are views of the Crags, Shasta, and the Grey Rocks.

The campground has showers, but seems to have a problem with yellow jackets. I got stung actually. I would recommend using the showers after your hike but camping someplace else. There are lots of nice places nearby that are cheaper too (Castle Lake, Fowler's Camp, Gumboot Lake).

If you intend to climb to the summit of Castle Dome be warned, although not necessarily technical, it is very intimidating and you would be well served if you were roped up to a rock climbing partner. Read here for more info: http://www.summitpost.org/regular-route/156282

The road around the backside of the park (Castle Creek Road), is paved all the way to Gumboot Lake and back to Mt. Shasta City. It makes for a very nice scenic drive through the mountains and forest. Normally this scenery would only be accessible on foot via backpacking or with a 4x4. Highly recommended

Visited September 2013
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grants pass, oregon
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13 attraction reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great Views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We hit the park just before nightfall and I wanted to show some friend's the view of the Crags. I've been here several times.

There is a great spot to get a panoramic view of the Crags without paying park fees if you're not staying/hiking.

the road the park entrance is on continues for several miles up the hills. there is a small marker on a tree and a sort of turn out at mile 3.5 that offers an amazing panorama of the whole mountain.

I still recommend spending a weekend here as there are lots of nice hikes and its a great base camp for the other sights in the area.

Visited August 2013
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Dunsmuir, California
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“One of the hidden treasures of the North State.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Castle Crags granite formations stand along Interstate 5 just south of Dunsmuir. If you are a hiker this is a must see. The trail from the State Park is about 3 miles one way to the Half Dome area. It is a steady uphill hike on a trail, not a walking path, but a trail. The State Park campground itself is kind of a hit or miss affair. The State tries to close it down every time there is a budget crisis and the freeway noise is pretty intense in the campground. Avoid the campground and just do the hikes.

Visited April 2013
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san francisco
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“beautiful park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Many different types of hiking trails, creeks, springs, small falls, big Sacramento River. Nature trail. bears. good fishing.

Visited June 2013
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