Castle Dome Trail (Castle Crags State Park)

Rating (Out of 5): 5.0

Location: 14 miles South of Mount Shasta, Calif.

Distance: 5.4 miles round-trip

Difficulty: Hard

Camping: At Castle Crags campground

Quick hit: The classic trail of the Castle Crags State Park, which begins at Vista Point is uphill almost the entire way to the park’s best views of the Crags. The first 1.3 miles passes through dense forest before emerging to excellent views. Just beyond 1.5 miles, a spur trail offers a five minute walk to Indian Spring which flows-year round out of the granite rock and surrounded by ferns. The last portion the hike toward Castle Dome is steep and rocky, following markers in the trail, but the views are worth the effort. Experienced rock climbers may choose to ascend 500 feet at Castle Dome at the trail’s end.

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 to Castle Crags State Park .4 miles to park entrance.

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

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