Top Adventures in Castella

  • Hike Crags Trail to Castle Dome

    One of the gems in the Shasta area, Castle Crags. You can spot these dramatic granite towers from a distance and their jagged formations beckon climbers and hikers alike. Imagine a slice of the Dolomites plucked out of Italy and placed in Northern...

    5.1 miles 2135 ft gain

  • Hike to Mossbrae Falls

    Disclaimer: Hiking to the falls is trespassing. Fines can be as much as $300. If you choose to hike to the falls, you're doing so at your own risk so please be cautious and cognizant of your surroundings.If you live anywhere near Northern Californ...

    2 miles

  • Hike to Heart Lake in the Klamath Mountains

    Scenes like this are rarely so accessible. Heart Lake is nestled in a bowl below Castle Peak, on the edge of the Castle Crags Wilderness just west of I-5 and the city of Mt. Shasta. The parking lot and trailhead are both located on the shore of Ca...

    2.2 miles 600 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Shasta via Avalanche Gulch

    The Avalanche Gulch route is the second easiest, non-technical route to the summit of Mt. Shasta after the Clear Creek Route, but is by far the most popular. Many people complete this climb in one day from the trailhead, but you also have the oppo...

    11 miles 7200 ft gain

  • Hike to Middle McCloud Falls

    Just 4 hours north of San Francisco, McCloud Falls offers a quick hike and swimming hole for those looking for something less crowded than Burney Falls. McCloud Falls has 3 tiers, but the middle section offers the best views by far. To get here, p...

    1.5 miles

  • Camp at Panther Meadows

    The Panther Meadows Campground is located in the timberline on Mt. Shasta. The free campsite has 10 sites with a fire ring and a table. The elevation of the campground is 7,500 ft, making it the highest campground on Mt. Shasta. Summer nights can ...

  • Hike Gray Butte

    Mount Shasta is an incredible mountain in Northern California that offers a great variety of activities. The Gray Butte trail is one of the more beautiful trails in the area, and it's not too long (2.8mi, ~2h). We arrived at Shasta by late afterno...

  • Hike to the Summit of Black Butte

    Black Butte is hard to miss from I-5 as it winds past the city of Mount Shasta. This lava dome formed roughly 9,000–10,000 years ago and isn't a cinder cone, though it does look like one. The rock that makes Black Butte was extruded instead of spe...

    5.2 miles 1850 ft gain

  • Winter Summit Black Butte

    Note: February thru early March are great times to climb it for a winter ascent without snowshoes. If there is no snow seen from the south (e.g. on I-5 heading north to Mount Shasta City), don't be too worried. As long as there is snow on the surr...

    5 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Climb Mt. Shasta via Clear Creek Route

    The least technical route to the summit of Mt Shasta begins at the Clear Creek Trailhead (elevation 6390 ft). Please note that although this is a less technical route, this is still dangerous and there have been deaths on Mt. Shasta because of fal...

    12.4 miles 7927 ft gain

  • Hike or Backpack the Dead Falls Lake Trail

    The Dead Falls Lake Trail is perfect for families, dog, and all adventurers. In the spring and summer, there are gorgeous and abundant wildflowers. There is a perfect lunch spot at Deadfall Lake.  Close to the gargantuan Shasta, Mount Eddy is the ...

    8.1 miles 1358 ft gain

  • Hike to Boulder Lakes

    The upper lake (Little Boulder) is warm and perfect for swimming later in the summer. There are fairly large trout in this lake. The lower lake is bigger and has an abundance of campsites. If you want a bit more solitude, the trail continues furth...

    3.9 miles 859 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Castella, California

      Girard Ridge Lookout

      Overview Girard Ridge Lookout was constructed in 1931 and used by the Forest Service on a regular basis until 1981. It is one of the few remaining historic lookouts on the Shasta-Trinity National F...

    • Mount Shasta, California

      LOGE Mt. Shasta

      Outdoor Community Spaces After washing and tuning your bike for tomorrow’s ride, sit out on the lawn for live music with a view of Mt. Shasta. Grab the grillables and cook for the whole crew or chi...

      From $119/night

    • Gilman Road

      Moore Creek

      Overview Moore Creek Campground is situated on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake. This cozy campground is partially shaded and can accommodate both tents and RVs.Camping at Moore Creek provides easy a...

    • Gilman Road

      Ellery Creek

      Overview Ellery Creek is located on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake. The campground is terraced, providing views of the lake from all of the lower sites and some of the upper sites.At certain water ...

    • Mount Shasta, California

      Mount Shasta City KOA

    • Fowler Public Camp Road

      Fowlers Campground

      Overview Fowlers Campground is located on the Upper McCloud River five miles east of McCloud, California. The campground is nestled in a mixed conifer and oak woodland. The campground offers paved ...

      From $15/night

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