Castle Dome

Castella, California

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A good warm-up before climbing Mount Shasta—or a good cool-down the day after a Shasta ascent. Surreal granitic terrain, where sharp cliffs alternate with rounded bulges. This climb is of an entirely different nature than those of the Shasta or Lassen volcanoes. The dome affords incredible views of Shasta and the surrounding country. You’re probably in this part of California to climb Mount Shasta or Mount Lassen—or maybe you’re a peak-bagger, heading south on Interstate 5, whose attention has been grabbed by the magnificent granite domes just west of the highway. In either case don’t pass by Castle Dome, which stands in sharp contrast to the otherwise rolling volcanic terrain of the area. Castle Dome provides an enjoyable afternoon hike. If you’re a rock climber, you’ll find a wealth of seldom-climbed, classic granite in the area as well.

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"A good warm-up before climbing Mount Shasta—or a good cool-down the day after a Shasta ascent. Surreal granitic terrain, where sharp cliffs alternate with rounded bulges. This climb is of an entirely different nature than those of the Shasta or Lassen volcanoes. The dome affords incredible views of Shasta and the surrounding country. You’re probably in this part of California to climb Mount Shasta or Mount Lassen—or maybe you’re a peak-bagger, heading south on Interstate 5, whose attention has been grabbed by the magnificent granite domes just west of the highway. In either case don’t pass by Castle Dome, which stands in sharp contrast to the otherwise rolling volcanic terrain of the area. Castle Dome provides an enjoyable afternoon hike. If you’re a rock climber, you’ll find a wealth of seldom-climbed, classic granite in the area as well."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Castella
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Class: Class 3
Season: Best May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,750 feet
Top Elevation: 4,700 feet
Local Contacts: Castle Crags State Park
Local Maps: Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Dunsmuir
Driving Directions: Directions to Castle Dome

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