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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:
+1 530-235-2684
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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A castle in the sky day hike

My wife and I were waiting for some predictable weather, however it wasn't looking like we'd get it so we ventured off with heavy clouds and some rain to Castle Crags. We had the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steve H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were waiting for some predictable weather, however it wasn't looking like we'd get it so we ventured off with heavy clouds and some rain to Castle Crags. We had the entire 5.4 mile r/t to ourselves. The Trinity-Shasta Forrest was beautiful and within a backdrop of mist and fog. The trail is well groomed and clean.... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are a number of trail options depending on how much time you have and how steep a walk you wnant. We wanted quick and easy. Entrance was $8 and a pay your own way in an envelope, so bring cash and change. They had trail mals at the entrance too. You can park near the pay station and do... More 

Thank Carrie R
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Reviewed April 7, 2017 via mobile

We got there at 1 ish. Drove up to the parking lot. Very little parking lot. Took the Castle Crag hike 2.7 miles. It's a great hike with beautiful views. The majority of the hike is up hill. Some parts are climbing on rocks & close to the edge. Be prepared...bring water & dress in layers. Make sure you have... More 

Thank PokeSnaza
Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed March 14, 2017

wow - what a hike: just over 5 miles from the parking lot to awesome, up close views of Castle Crags and also a couple of places along the way and at the top to catch distant views of Mt Shasta if you take the Castle Crags trail. just took this hike yesterday (Monday), and only a few people on... More 

Thank 3waytieforlast
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed January 27, 2017

Don't know what challenging trail people are talking about - I think it was about a half mile with an easy grade up, smooth and wide. At the top was a picnic table and incredible views of both the Castle Crags, which kind of reminds me of Yosemite, and also of snow capped Mt. Shasta. Definitely a photo op. We... More 

Thank Roadtoadies
Blaine, WA
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Reviewed January 17, 2017

This is a review of the park for a quick lunch stop. You have to pay a fee (not ideal for a quick visit) and the drive to the viewpoint is longer without a great payoff. I'd love to do the hike if stopping for a longer visit.

Thank Kristin W
Ashland, Oregon
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Reviewed November 17, 2016

This is a beautiful hike with an amazing reward at the end. Be aware that it is challenging; I passed families with crying children on the way back. The views and landscape at the top are beautiful. Also worth the side trip (1/2 mile round trip) into Indian Springs for a water bottle refill from the spring there.

Thank Kyle M
Mount Shasta, California
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Reviewed October 28, 2016

Castle Crags is a great little state park with most of the terrain being vertical. The campground is standard State Park, you may be able to hear I5 in some spots. Castle Creek is on the opposite side of the road from the campground - there are some short walks here, lots of bird life and lots of pretty everything.... More 

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Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is an amazing beautiful place. Your coming around a corner in the mountains and out of nowhere are these beautiful rock formations.

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Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

I would say Vista point is a great spot you have excellent views of both Mount Shasta and the Crags. If your lucky like us no one is there and very peaceful. Very easy walk from the parking lot. However the last mile is a winding uphill one lane road - the sign says. The only problem is there is... More 

Thank Bill W

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