Root Creek Trail (Castle Crags State Park)

Rating (Out of 5): 3.0

Location: 14 miles South of Mount Shasta, Calif.

Distance: 2 miles round trip

Difficulty: Easy

Camping: At Castle Crags campground

Quick hit: This gentle 1 mile hike that begins at Vista Point is a peaceful walk through the woods and offers a reward at the end: tumbling, beautiful Root Creek. The entire trail is shaded and offers opportunities to view some of the park’s many varieties of orchids during spring and early summer.

Directions: From Grants Pass, follow Interstate 5 south for 128 miles into California. About 14 miles south of Mount Shasta, take exit 724 toward the town of Castella. Follow pointers .4 miles to park entrance.

For more info: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=454

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