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Castle Crags State Park, Castella

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4.4/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
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  • This is an amazing beautiful place. Your coming around a corner in the mountains and out of nowhere are these beautiful rock formations. 
  • I would say Vista point is a great spot you have excellent views of both Mount Shasta and the Crags. If your lucky like us no one is there and very peaceful. Very easy walk from the parking lot. Howev...  read more »
  • We stopped just for the hike "Crags trail to Castle Dome." It is a climb up 2200 feet over 2.75 miles, pretty steep with the top including a little scrambling over a rocky trail. Bring water and be pr...  read more »
  • Monday July 25th, 2AM. Camping here is a cruel joke. The trains run through this area in the late night/early AM, blaring their horns, one after another every few minutes or so. Earplugs have little to no effect. Unless you are a VERY sound sleeper, you're screwed. It's a nightmare. And even when there aren't trains running, the tent sites are so close to the freeway the traffic is significantly loud. I'm writing this review at 2AM because I literally haven't been able to get a wink of sleep for the past hour or so. To add to the noise issue, the campsite is a veritable hornet's nest. Seriously, there are yellow jackets everywhere into the late evening, and I couldn't feed my dog without them swarming his bowl. And there are so many mosquitoes that, within about 10 minutes of arriving and trying to pitch our tent, our 1yr old boxer pup had at least 15-20 little welts on him from mosquito bites. Also, the restrooms were really messy, and had no toilet paper in them whatsoever (at least the men's didn't). I almost gave this place 3 stars for the ranger being really nice, and the fact that the grounds have running water (showers, flush toilets). But I'm sorry, this place needs a 2-star review to offset some of the rave reviews about how great it is. Maybe if you're just visiting here in the daytime it's a 4-5 star park. But for camping, unless you've got a well-insulated RV or a cabin, CAMP IN A TENT AT YOUR OWN RISK! Maybe the trains don't run every night, and maybe they don't run ALL night. But you should probably check with the ranger station about their schedule before deciding to camp here in a tent, unless you think you can sleep through the noise.
  • Great trails, only $8 per car entrance fee for the day. I went on a Monday in July and there was an attendant at the entrance. According to my GPS, the hike to Castle Dome is about 6 miles round trip with 2,300 feet elevation gain. Great views of Mt. Shasta and the Spires from there. The drive to the trail head is a one lane road for about a mile with very small narrow pullouts. On the way up you might miss the Scooby Doo looking rock but keep your eyes on alert on the way down.
  • Visited for a dayhike along the Castle Dome Trail. The first mile or two is through nicely forested areas but then it clears up toward the base of the granite crags and the views of Mt. Shasta are stellar! The last scramble up to the top of Castle Dome is challenging but doable with some good hiking/approach shoes.
  • The state park had some amazing views but many of the campsites were very unlevel and difficult to set up a tent. Also, because of it's close proximity to the highway you could hear trucks most of the night. However, the scenic overlook at the end of the camp with views of Mt. Shasta and Castle Crags makes it all worthwhile.
  • This is a beautiful Park with access to camping, backpacking and wilderness hiking. The iconic Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada passes through here. But most of all is the popular but challenging 5.5 mile hike to Castle Dome which you can see from the I-5. The trail climbs 2000 feet over 2.6 miles but the view is just mind-blowing. It'll you are real adventurous, climb the dome itself.
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