Castle Crags State Park, Castella

4.6
#178 of 528 in Nature in California
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  • Even if you don't come to hike or camp, don't miss a visit to this park. As a state park, there is a fee to enter but it's well worth it. At vista point, you get the chance to experience 3 different m...  more »
  • Being a state park it does cost about $10.00 to enter the grounds and we really couldn't find much to do except drive up to the view point. We aren't hikers so we weren't interested in any long trails...  more »
  • Fantastic area to get a rest rom the freeway. The area from Redding to the Oregon border is beautiful. Don't just drive through wishing you had time to stop and relax. Plan for it. Lots of hiking trai...  more »
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  • I was pretty disappointed with this one. I was expecting a park up in the Crags with lots of hiking opportunities, and instead it's basically one view point a couple of miles away and some campsites. Speaking of the viewpoint, there is a marked trail to the left of the parking lot that is wheelchair accessible, but an unmarked one to the right that is much shorter and not difficult at all. I want my $8.00 admission back.
  • I just touched the edges of the park from the PCT and it was awesome. I am very much looking forward to thru hiking next year and exploring the rest of the trail through the park. From what I've seen so far it's been great!
  • Not for those who are weak to elevation. Longer hike, beautiful and well worth it. No restrooms on trail but there is one at the beginning. Bring lots of water. Must see!
  • Castle Crags is in the CA State Park system. It is gorgeous park with many options for visitors. The short trail is very stroller friendly and handicap accessible following a paved path as it brings one to a viewpoint of the Crags and Mt Shasta. It is well worth the drive. The road to the viewpoint is narrow and one way, but as it winds through a beautiful forest ever increasing in elevation, only one thought was on my mind. What if. Most of the road is not passable to an incoming vehicle and that kind of puzzled me. It must be a nightmare of a situation on busy weekends. That said, luckily I didn't have to back up either direction. And the view was well worth it. The viewpoint parking lot is very small and probably fills very quickly at peak times. For those with more time, the day trip (4-6 hours depending on stride) to Castle Dome is awesome. It is challenging as it is pretty much an uphill slog, and very hot and dry in the summer (bring plenty of water on this trail). If you summit Castle Done, with or without ropes, the view is magnificent. It's well worth your effort if scaling rock formations is on your to-do list.
  • Very fun hike, fairly steep the entire way so pace yourself if you aren't in the best of shape. Some areas get confusing but they do have signs to help direct you. I downloaded a map prior to beginning which helped me
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