Castle Creek and Horse Heaven Meadow Trail

Castella, California

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It doesn’t happen often, but when bustling Castle Creek’s boulders become billowy snow pillows, a snowshoer is in for a special treat. Here’s a wild yet peaceful route far from the hurried crowds, with a good chance you can have it all to yourself. Long gone are the chugging logging trucks that roar around the numerous bends of Castle Creek Road, your route when it’s snow covered. Call ahead for snow conditions. This little-known snowshoe and cross-country ski journey is loaded with refreshing creekside scenery and wonderful views of snowy Flume Creek Ridge and Grey Rocks. Watch closely for photo opportunities, including Castle Creek with the snow white and steep granite of Grey Rocks as an ideal backdrop. By occasionally glancing behind you or waiting for the return trip, there are plenty of views of Castle Crags from this rare vantage point to the west.
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

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Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)

It doesn’t happen often, but when bustling Castle Creek’s boulders become billowy snow pillows, a snowshoer is in for a special treat. Here’s a wild yet peaceful route far from the hurried crowds, with a good chance you can have it all to yourself. Long gone are the chugging logging trucks that roar around the numerous bends of Castle Creek Road, your route when it’s snow covered. Call ahead for snow conditions. This little-known snowshoe and cross-country ski journey is loaded with refreshing creekside scenery and wonderful views of snowy Flume Creek Ridge and Grey Rocks. Watch closely for photo opportunities, including Castle Creek with the snow white and steep granite of Grey Rocks as an ideal backdrop. By occasionally glancing behind you or waiting for the return trip, there are plenty of views of Castle Crags from this rare vantage point to the west.

©  Marc J. Soares/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Castella
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 1,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2–7 hours or overnight
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Mount Shasta Ranger District, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Dunsmuir
Topo Map: Castle Creek and Horse Heaven Meadow Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Snowshoe Routes: Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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