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Crags Trail, CA

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Rated  Favorite Wish List CA > Northern
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Difficulty 4 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance One Way 3 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,543 feet
Elevation Gain 2,214 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,233 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 10.44
Interest Seasonal Waterfall, Perennial Waterfall, Seasonal Creek, Perennial Creek & Peak
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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Castle Dome Trail
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14  2009-07-05 AZLOT69
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Preferred   Oct, May, Apr, Jun → 8 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:01am - 4:48pm
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Water
Nearby Area Water
Castle Dome Trail
Castle Dome Trail
0.0 mi away
5.8 mi
1,750 ft
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99.8 mi
15,667 ft
Dog Trail
3.3 mi away
0.6 mi
512 ft
Burstarse Falls
Burstarse Falls
3.8 mi away
Mossbrae Falls
Mossbrae Falls
5.0 mi away
3.0 mi
230 ft
Hedge Creek Falls Trail
5.6 mi away
0.6 mi
190 ft
Heart Lake
Heart Lake
6.2 mi away
1.2 mi
810 ft
Squaw Valley Creek Trail
7.1 mi away
5.0 mi
600 ft
Lake Siskiyou Trail
Lake Siskiyou Trail
8.8 mi away
7.0 mi
213 ft
Tamarack Lake Trail - Trinity Divide
8.9 mi away
2.3 mi
718 ft
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A View of the Ring of Fire
by AZLOT69

Geology: While the rocks in this area are predominantly volcanic and sedimentary, large granite bodies called plutons exist. Subsequent glaciation created what we now refer to as Castle Crags.

History: Wintu Indians occupied this area for thousands of years and were superstitious of the formations and it is not believed they would venture into them. Early Europeans referred to this area as Devils Castle. The California Gold Rush led to strained relations with the Indians and the Battle of Castle Crags in 1855. Mining and lumbering flourished following the battle. In 1933 local interest managed to save a portion and make it a State Park, with the Forest Service completing adjacent wilderness designation in 1984.


Warning: Dangers to hikers include poison oak, rattlesnakes, ticks, black bears, and potentially dangerous sheer cliffs.

Hike: The trailhead parking area only holds about 10 cars and is situated at the top of a knoll. The steep one mile single lane paved road to the top is basically cross your fingers and hope there is no oncoming traffic and that there is an open spot when you get there as there is little room to maneuver. There is a restroom at the trailhead and once situated the trail begins about a hundred feet to the west of the restroom off the road you arrived on. The first third of a mile is a level smooth trail on what seems to be an old flume trail cut into the side of a steep hill. Thick forest limits any views at this point. Arriving at a signed intersection bear left. A short steep serpentine brings you out to an opening where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses at a marked intersection. Continuing straight the trail continues up rather steeply under cover of trees. The heavy fall of needles make the trail smooth and comfortable. At one mile there is another marked intersection. This is Bobs Hat Trail, you can think about how they came up with that name as you continue straight. The trail gets steeper with a long sweeping switchback. Employing a hikers cadence can easily get you up to the next section nonstop without the traditional tortoise and the hare experience. At 1.25 miles you reach a false summit as the grade settles down and the forest opens up to the first views of the Crags. At 1.5 miles you encounter another marked intersection with the trail for Indian Spring. Generally there is filterable water at this short detour. Continuing straight you will catch the first views of Mt Shasta to the north. This active volcano dominates the skyline. As you enter into the Castle Crag Wilderness, the trail gets steeper and rocky. Some sections will have you using hands as well as your feet. Castle Dome comes into clear view with Mt Shasta as a backdrop. The Crags lie ahead as you make the final push up. The official trail ends at this point and you can spend as much time as you want exploring, climbing and enjoying the panoramic views. When finished return the way you came.

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    One-Way Notice
    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    To hike
    Castle Crags State Park is located some 25 miles north of Lake Shasta (6 miles south of Dunsmuir) off Interstate 5. Take the Castella exit and follow signs to the park. Follow the entrance road to the Vista Point parking area. The signed trail begins just down the road from the Point. There is a seven dollar day use fee at the State Park.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Jul 07 2009 2:08 pm
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