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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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spectacular views from the top

We stopped just for the hike "Crags trail to Castle Dome." It is a climb up 2200 feet over 2.75 miles, pretty steep with the top including a little scrambling over a rocky trail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Olympia, Washington
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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped just for the hike "Crags trail to Castle Dome." It is a climb up 2200 feet over 2.75 miles, pretty steep with the top including a little scrambling over a rocky trail. Bring water and be prepared for exercise. At the top you will be rewarded with great views or Shasta to the North and a panorama of... More 

Thank schota1
Palm Harbor, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you drive north on US 5 on your way to Oregon, before you get to Mt Shasta, you will see a spectacular granite spires rising 6000 ft. You have to pay to get in, but it is worth the stop. The park is surprisingly large and camping, hiking and fishing are abundant. However, even if you are just driving... More 

Thank uhmwpe
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

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
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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 June 28, 2016

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

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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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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