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Castle Crags State Park

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Address: 20022 Castle Creek Rd, Latitude/Longitude: 41.1852 / -122.3427, Castella, CA 96017
Phone Number: (530) 235-2684
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Beautiful place, great trails for hiking, beware of many bees!!

We spent 3 days here and went to all the easy trails with our kids (3, 6, 8). We loved the trails, the views, the river! But we had awful experience with bees. There are many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cristine A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We spent 3 days here and went to all the easy trails with our kids (3, 6, 8). We loved the trails, the views, the river! But we had awful experience with bees. There are many!!!! It was almost impossible to prepare food and especially eat it. We had to keep moving around trying to escape the bees. 2 of... More 

Thank Cristine A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1.) If you're travelling with someone in a wheelchair...despite the advertising that it's accessible, you can't get a wheelchair into the toilets. No way, not happening. 2.) We were in tent site 13; it's supposed to house 8 people. No way, not happening. Luckily, there was only 1 adult and 3 kids. 3.) There are some accessible trails and those... More 

Thank Kari P
Kings Beach, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just camped for one night, so didn't get to experience the great things that I'm sure this park has to offer. But we did experience the appallingly bad "amenities." The bathrooms are broken down with peeling paint. The showers, for which we paid in quarters, are crumbling with cold, trickling water. We are CA residents, but had just camped... More 

Thank amy5672
Mount Laurel, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The dome hike is great. It is quite strenuous with a 2,135 foot elevation gain. The total distance is about 5.5 miles. Part of the hike is shaded, but a good part is exposed so go early and bring a lot of water. The trail is quite rocky in parts. The views are amazing. In addition to the crags, there... More 

Thank Robin W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The trail to the crags is very strenuous, but worth it for the views. Make sure you take water because the trail may only be about 5 miles round trip, but it will take you longer than you expect. Plan 4-5 hours to be able to enjoy it.

Thank Mrtowns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Castle Crags offers an enormous amount of hiking, backpacking, and climbing opportunities. The main Castle Crags trail, which goes to the top of the Crags, briefly crosses the Pacific Crest Trail, and offers a variety of sights and scenes. Beginning in the forest, it ends heading up through the rocky tops of the crags, with rewarding views of Mt. Shasta... More 

Thank Elizabeth Ann C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We arrived at 10 am and the lot at Vista Point was full. No shuttle option, so we walked and walked up...then found there were spots. The couple with us climbed up to the Dome, we chose Root ... not worth it. No views. Vista Point was all we saw, .25 mi. from the upper lot. The other couple did... More 

Thank Jeanette P
Park City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

This park was very beautiful. I decided to do the castle dome hike. 2.7 miles straight up. It was a bit intense for me. There were many beautiful spots and view points along the way. Each time I would stop and enjoy the beauty, have some peace, and wonder if I should turn back down. I continued all the way... More 

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Redding, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

What a great memory we have of camping here with family. Twice! Just a nice place to be, relax or go on hikes. Not too far from home but far enough you feel nostalgic.

Thank RUTH T
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

After having driven I5 between the Bay Area and Oregon many times without a stop we finally decided to plan it in a way that we had 3 extra hours for visiting Castle Crags State park. Although there is a viewpoint in the park which is easily accessible by a 5 minute walk from the car it does not do... More 

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