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Driving along Interstate 5, most visitors to Northern California pass Castle Crags State Park, drawn to the spirit of Mount Shasta or the quiet of the Marble Mountains. However, this stunning collection of craggy peaks shaped by glaciers gives Yosemite a run for its money in the climbing department. Once a mining region, now this state park draws hikers who explore the 28 miles of trails, including the most popular Crags Trail. There are campsites available on a first-come first-served basis. The park was on the list to be closed, and while it has been given a reprieve, it offers limited services. The solitude as you explore the ...

Driving along Interstate 5, most visitors to Northern California pass Castle Crags State Park, drawn to the spirit of Mount Shasta or the quiet of the Marble Mountains. However, this stunning collection of craggy peaks shaped by glaciers gives Yosemite a run for its money in the climbing department. Once a mining region, now this state park draws hikers who explore the 28 miles of trails, including the most popular Crags Trail. There are campsites available on a first-come first-served basis. The park was on the list to be closed, and while it has been given a reprieve, it offers limited services. The solitude as you explore the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, or even traverse part of the Pacific Crest Trail, cannot be matched. Keep an eye out for bears — which outnumber hikers — snakes, foxes and eagles that nest near the Sacramento River. Rock climbers love it here, and consider Castle Dome a face to be climbed.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Located just west of Interstate 5, between the towns of Castella and Dunsmuir, along Sacramento River, near Mount Shasta.
  • Weather: Rainfall

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Summer, fall, spring