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Castle Crags State Park

20022 Castle Creek Rd., Castella, California 96017 USA

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“6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags”

Majestic Castle Crags have inspired enduring myths and legends. More than 170 million years old, these 6000-feet tall granite spires in the Castle Crags Wilderness border the northwestern edge of Castle Crags State Park. Castle Crags State Park offers a variety of camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing opportunities. The park has 76 developed campsites that are each equipped with a picnic table, food locker, and a fire ring. Flush toilets, showers, and drinking water are available near each campsite. Picnic sites are located along the Sacramento River and at the awe-inspiring Vista Point. River Trail imageWith 28 miles of hiking trails, everyone can enjoy a mild stroll or an invigorating adventure. From the Vista Point parking area, a quarter mile accessible trail leads visitors to Vista Point where there are dramatic views of Castle Crags, Mount Shasta, and nearby Grays Rocks. Gentle and shaded, the mile long Root Creek Trail guides hikers along an accessible path to a year round flowing creek. The most popular and challenging route is the Crags Trail which leads adventures to the base of Castle Dome where the views are simply breathtaking. The Pacific Crest Trail winds through the Park as well. Castle Crags State Park is often a respite for the weary hikers of this 2,650 mile trek from Mexico to Canada. The Sacramento River flows through the park and has several access points that allow for fishing and hiking. Facilities at Riverside include camping and picnicking sites as well the famed pedestrian suspension bridge that crosses the Sacramento River. Please note that dogs are not allowed on hiking trails. Castle Crags State Park is an excellent place to use as home base to experience Shasta and Siskiyou Counties. The park is 14 miles south of the City of Mount Shasta, 6 miles south of historic Dunsmuir and 21 miles north of Shasta Lake. Location - Directions Castle Crags State Park is located 6 miles south of Dunsmuir or 48 miles north of Redding along I-5; exit 724. The entrance station is located at: 20022 Castle Creek Road Castella, CA 96017 Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised. ew of California’s State parks display impressive monoliths adorned like a castle with towering spires and few permit rock climbing. Castle Crags State Park is an exception. The scenic beauty is best enjoyed from a distant vantage point where one can see the range of surrounding landforms. The monolith and its surroundings are a microcosm of the Klamath Mountains where many such monoliths intrude and stitch together a crazy quilt of much older rocks. The surrounding rocks include the Trinity ultramafic sheet, the largest exposed body of ultramafic rock in North America. The ultramafic rock is often interpreted to represent an ancient ophiolite – a slice of the oceanic crust.

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Kori and Brian Truono

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May 13, 2014

The most rewarding hike of our trip. We opted for the Castle Crags Trail that leads to Castle Dome. You ascend 2200 feet in three miles (talk about sore legs the next day). You will need 4-5 hours to complete the hike because of its challenging climb, but the views are unmatched for the effort.

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Krystal Bailey

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August 28, 2014
Rated 4.0

We were on our way back from Castle Lake when we thought we'd stop and see the crags. I wasn't expecting an $8 fee to get into the park so we kind of cheated seeing as we had no cash on us. We kept driving up the road and it went up a hill and we had a beautiful view of the crags. I also go to pick wild black berries. Judging by the scat in the area, I'd warn you there are bears around.

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Castle Crags State Park

20022 Castle Creek Rd.
Castella, California
96017 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Max Stay
15
Max Length
27 ft
Season End
Year Round
Affiliation
State park or forest
Sites Count
76
Season Start
Year Round
Back In RV Sites Count
15
  • Sites
  • Laundry
  • Showers
  • Firewood
  • Fifty Amp
  • Slide Outs
  • Tent Sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Paved Sites
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Water Hookup
  • Potable Water
  • Rec Facilities
  • Back In RV Sites
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Vehicle Wash Permitted
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