Castle and Heart Lakes Trail

Weed, California

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The science helps researchers understand some things about the world’s freshwater: how healthy it is, what’s happening to it, and how water quality can improve with time—and interference by people. What the budding researchers have found is that despite heavy year-round use, Castle Lake continues to be one of the most unspoiled subalpine lakes in the world. Start at Castle Lake and take this trip up to tiny Heart Lake, and you’ll have a great appreciation of these north state gems. This trek in fall offers up many fewer people, and you’ll be able to see the gradual color change, from greens to golds and browns. In the winter months, you’ll still be able to pick your way through the forest and up the ridge, but if the snow is too deep, you can satisfy your exploration needs by following the western shoreline of Castle Lake.

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"The science helps researchers understand some things about the world’s freshwater: how healthy it is, what’s happening to it, and how water quality can improve with time—and interference by people. What the budding researchers have found is that despite heavy year-round use, Castle Lake continues to be one of the most unspoiled subalpine lakes in the world. Start at Castle Lake and take this trip up to tiny Heart Lake, and you’ll have a great appreciation of these north state gems. This trek in fall offers up many fewer people, and you’ll be able to see the gradual color change, from greens to golds and browns. In the winter months, you’ll still be able to pick your way through the forest and up the ridge, but if the snow is too deep, you can satisfy your exploration needs by following the western shoreline of Castle Lake."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Weed
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best Mid-May through late October; snowshoe the rest of the year
Trailhead Elevation: 5,450 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Mount Shasta Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Seven Lakes Basin, Dunsmuir; USFS Castle Crags Wilderness

Castle and Heart Lakes Trail Reviews

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Great reward when you reach Heart Lake. The views of Mount Shasta are not to be missed. Plus, it's just a fun little hike. Short, but challenging.
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