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If You're Driving I-5 through Northern California, Make a Stop at Castle Crags State Park

Exploring a few miles off a stretch of I-5 I've driven many times

By: Michael Fricke + Save to a List

Growing up with my mother in Portland, Oregon and my father working in Long Beach, California I had driven up and down the I-5 many times. I never really stopped to see things in between until now. On March 31, I decided to check out Castle Crags State Park. It was wonderful. I hiked the Crags Trail with a stop at Indian Springs, then I headed down the Root Creek Trail, and ended my day with a small part of the PCT. The Crags Trail is beautiful and in March there is still snow on the rocks at the higher elevations within the park. Root Creek is a very well maintained trail that ends at a nice creek. This park is a gem with amazing views of Shasta and the surrounding areas. If you ever find yourself traveling down the I-5 with a little extra time or you want a great hike or day in the outdoors in Northern California stop by Castle Crags

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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