Castle Crags Trail is a fantastic hike starting in pine forest and ending in the rocky goodness between Castle Dome and the Castle Crags.
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Length: 11 Miles Round Trip
Trailhead(s): Castle Crags State Park
Elevation Gain: 2,135′
Trail Type: Out & Back
Permit Required? No
Considerations: State Park Entrance Fee Required
Season: Year Round
Castle Crags Trail is a fantastic hike! It starts in pine forest and ends in the rocky goodness of the saddle between Castle Dome and the eastern face of the Crags, with outstanding views of Mount Shasta, Grey Rocks, and the peaks of the Crags looming 1,000’ feet above. The Crags, themselves, are impenetrable. The terrain is so steep and rugged, there are no trails leading into the Crags and all other area trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail, circumvent the Crags, allowing for only very limited views of the peaks. The trail is steep at times, but we would really lean towards treating it as a moderate trail. It is easy to follow with gentle footing for the first 2/3rds through pine forest. The last 1/3 of the trail becomes rocky and somewhat steep, but with outstanding scenery that culminates in world class views. If you are a relatively new hiker and have not yet build your climbing stamina, just take it easy and slow. Your eyes will reward you greatly for your efforts.
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