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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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short, moderately steep hike to fantastic views from base of miniature version of Half Dome...

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Blaine, WA
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 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 

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