Virtual Guidebook to Mount Shasta and Klamath-Trinity Mountains
Castle Crags State Park
Shasta County California


Castle Crags is a geologic anomaly, an outcrop of pristine white granite surrounded by miles of black lava from Mount Shasta just to the north. It is reminiscent of Yosemite with its spires and domes, and attracts rock climbers and hikers. There is a good trail system (all trails are steep) and the views from up high are incredible.

The campground here is very convenient but suffers from the sound of truckers hitting the "jake brake" all night as they roar down the I-5 grade a hundred yards away.



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The Vista Point at Castle Crags State Park

(May 5, 2001)


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The first view of Mount Shasta on the Crags Trail

(May 5, 2001)


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A dramatic saddle on the steep climb up the Castle Crags

(May 5, 2001)


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Mount Shasta from the base of Castle Dome

(May 5, 2001)


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Looking south from the crest of Castle Crags

(May 5, 2001)


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Looking north from the crest of Castle Crags

(May 5, 2001)


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