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Castle Crags

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Castle Crags, California

Castle Crags and Mt. Shasta

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Castle Crags Dome Hike (May 2019)

View from Castle Crags Dome Hike

Castle Crags (California)

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Heart and Castle Lakes

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Heart and Castle Lakes panorama

Castle Crags

Castle Crags Dome Hike

Another shot (actually this is a photomerge of seven photos) from the Castle Crags Dome Hike I did a couple weeks ago.

Castle Crags Dome Hike

Castle Crags


About an hour and half drive south of Ashland on I-5 will put you in Castle Crags State Park. There are several hikes to choose from; we did Castle Dome and Indian Springs which total about 6 miles. That may not sound like much, but with over 2,200 feet of elevation gain (and, of course, descent as well) this is a strenuous hike. The views are totally worth it though.

Indian Springs is probably skipped by most, but I found that little piece of the hike to be totally worth it (on the way down).

Castle Crags

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hiking Castle Crags

Today’s photo is from nearly two years ago. We weren’t really hiking Castle Crags (in the background to the right), but the views of Castle Crags from this location were fantastic. For more on how to get to today’s photo spot see this prior post.

Descending from Castle Peak

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During our only full day at Lake Siskiyou we drove about 8 miles to Castle Lake (elevation 5436 feet). From there we went on a 5-mile (or so) hike to Heart Lake (elevation 6035 feet) and then above it to Castle Peak (elevation 6617 feet). The views are best from Heart Lake and above Heart Lake on Castle Peak where you can see the lakes, Mt. Shasta, Castle Crags and a lovely 360 degrees of wilderness. Today’s photo isn’t from the top though. The lakes are obscured by trees, but you can see Black Butte and Mt. Shasta, as well as some of my hiking party.