Root Creek Trail

Castle Crags State Park, California

Elevation Gain86ft
Trailhead Elevation2,592ft
Elevation Min/Max2592/2652ft
Elevation Start/End2592/2592ft

Root Creek Trail

Root Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Shasta County, California. It is within Castle Crags Wilderness and Castle Crags State Park. It is a mile long and begins at 2,592 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 86 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail, Vista Point Road and Crags Trail.

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A Hiking and Backpacking Guide: Trinity Alps & Vacinity (Wilderness Press)
Mark White
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"A cool, forested journey on gently graded tread leads to lovely Root Creek just inside the southeast corner of Castle Crags Wilderness. Springtime hikers will delight in the colorful wildflowers, including columbines, lady slippers, tiger lilies, western azaleas, and several varieties of orchids. Flowering dogwoods offer additional color, from changing leaves in autumn to white flowers in spring. Root Creek is a fine spot for a picnic lunch or for simply admiring nature’s handiwork." Read more
Hiking California's Mount Shasta Region (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"Root Creek Falls is one of the great waterfalls of the Mount Shasta area. The cataract pours over several tall tiers cut through a narrow granite chute. Towering high overhead is the mighty spire of Castle Dome, elevating the scene to the sublime. While the falls are the highlight, most of the hike is a pleasant trip through the woods." Read more

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Trail Information

Castle Crags State Park
Nearby City
Castle Crags State Park
Skill Level
Castle Crags State Park, 20022 Castle Creek Rd., Castella, CA 96017; (530) 235-2684;
Local Contacts
USGS Dunsmuir
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Dec 2018