Castle Cregs State Park

Castle Crags State Park, California

Elevation Gain172ft
Trailhead Elevation2,120ft
Elevation Min/Max2120/2292ft
Elevation Start/End2120/2120ft

Castle Cregs State Park

Castle Cregs State Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Castle Crags State Park. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 2,120 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 172 feet. This trail connects with the following: Kettlebelly Road.

Castle Cregs State Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"Section P arbitrarily begins at the west side of an Interstate 5 onrampofframp, the next one north of the Castle Crags State Park exit. You enter by a locked gate, and immediately turn left (south) on an old road. North, it goes 80 yards to refreshing Root Creek. You follow this narrowing road, hiking under the pleasant shade of Douglas-firs, ponderosa pines, incense-cedars, black oaks and big-leaf maples. Although sheltered from the sun, your low-elevation route can get up into the 90s on hot summer afternoons. Characteristic of this environment is a profusion of poison oak, which in Section P grows up to about 3500 feet in elevation. From the start of this sectionfs PCT, you go about 1.3 mile south up a narrow, closed road to a fair viewpoint, then angle west for a 160-yard stroll to a junction (2420.0.5) with the Kettlebelly Trail."

"Castle Crags State Park’s Indian Creek Nature Trail is an interesting little loop full of information on the history and life of the region. The easy 1-mile trail travels though a thick forest along the shallow creek. You can also tack on the intersecting Flume Trail, which follows a historical water route. Or better yet, bring your tent and spend a weekend camped out at the beautiful campground and explore the 30-plus miles of trail within the park."

"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."

"Castle Crags’ steep granite spires entice many an I-5 traveler into the wilderness for a trek. It's a popular place to test rock-climbing skills. On this hike you’ll climb through the forest to Castle Dome, a massive stone bulwark that anchors the crags and allows impressive views, including the brilliant white visage of Mount Shasta."

Castle Cregs State Park Reviews

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Very strenuous--but incredibly gorgeous. Be sure to bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen and a hat. Trekking poles were a definite help, even more on the descent than the ascent. The views, once you leave the treeline, all the way up to the summit, are breathtaking. With a stop at Indian Springs, it took me and my 9-year-old about 5 hours.
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This was a strenuous hike. Bring lots of water, not much shade. Great views of Mt. Shasta. Once you reach the end you can hike a little more with some bouldering/climbing shoes. The campground was well maintained and the staff very friendly!

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Trail Information

Castle Crags State Park
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Mount Shasta Ranger District, Shasta-Trinity National Forest
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