Castle Crags - Hiking
Offering panoramic views of the majestic Mt. Shasta and a chance to delve into beginning rock climbing, the 5-mile Castle Dome hike at Castle Crags State Park is a must for adventure seekers.
I started my hike from the Vista Point parking lot which is accessible via a winding, narrow, one-way road. There is room for around 20 vehicles. If you want to avoid the parking area, you can start your hike from the campground area (add an additional 0.8 miles to your trip).
Destination Distance From Downtown
With an elevation increase of 2,135 feet, this 5mi hike requires some beginner's rock climbing during the last quarter of the trail. The trail is not clearly marked at the last quarter of the hike.
Time To Complete
As this is a steep trail with some light rock climbing, give yourself time to take breaks and to ensure your footing when climbing.
The summer temperatures in Castella can reach up to the high 80s and winters can be snowy and unpredictable. The best seasons for completing this hike are spring and fall.
The trailhead is located in Castle Crags State Park, and there is an $8 entrance fee.