Castle Lake to Heart Lake Trail - Hiking
Featuring epic Mt. Shasta views and awesome swimming holes, the Castle Lake to Heart Lake Trail is a must-see in Mt. Shasta.
Destination Distance From Downtown
This 3 mile round-trip hike features a 1,175-ft elevation gain and a steep, rocky path. Light scrambling is required in some areas. Trekking poles are recommended for additional stability.
Time To Complete
Although the distance is short, the path requires more attention due to the unstable rocks, tree roots, and required scrambling. Also, the trail doesn't open until early summer so the weather can be in high 80s to mid 90s. Completion time includes plenty of water and photo breaks.
Summer and Fall
Due to snow coverage, the trail is unintelligible in the spring and winter. Contacting the ranger station for trail conditions is highly recommended.