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

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

Published: April 18, 2017

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Michael FrickeExplorer

Long Beach

Sober/Vegetarian. I love the outdoors, not just taking pictures and having a good time but learning about our natural world and teaching others to appreciate it and care for it. -Punk Rock Park Ranger. PCT 2019