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The Best Backpacking in Castella

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Top backpacking spots in and near Castella

  • Shasta County, California

    PCT: CA Section P - Highway 5 to Etna Summit

    97 mi / 16519 ft gain
    PCT: CA Section P - Highway 5 to Etna Summit is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Castella, California.
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  • Mount Shasta, California

    North Fork Sacramento River and Toad Lake Loop

    9.37 mi / 1972 ft gain
    North Fork Sacramento River and Toad Lake Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Mount Shasta, California.
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  • Mount Shasta, California

    Upper Sisson-Callahan Trail: North Fork Sacramento to Deadfall Crest

    9.21 mi / 2707 ft gain
    Upper Sisson-Callahan Trail: North Fork Sacramento to Deadfall Crest is an out-and-back trail located near Mount Shasta, California.
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  • Mount Shasta, California

    Sisson Southern Trail: Sand Flat Trailhead to Gateway Trailhead

    5.25 mi / 138 ft gain
    Sisson Southern Trail: Sand Flat Trailhead to Gateway Trailhead is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mount Shasta, California.
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  • McCloud, California

    Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch Route

    10.73 mi / 7178 ft gain
    Mount Shasta via Avalanche Gulch Route is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mount Shasta, California.
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  • McCloud, California

    Camp at Panther Meadows

    5.0
    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 get pretty cold, so make sure to bring proper atti...
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  • McCloud, California

    Mt. Shasta via Clear Creek Route

    11.43 mi / 7615 ft gain
    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 falling rock. To start this, you should be a good hik...
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  • Pacific Crest Trail, California

    Hike or Backpack the Dead Falls Lake Trail

    5.0
    8.1 mi / 1358 ft gain
    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 highest peak in the Klamath Mountain. Mount Eddy o...
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  • Trinity Center, California

    Hike to Boulder Lakes

    3.9 mi / 859 ft gain
    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 further in two directions. Mosquitos can be a problem, ...
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  • Trinity County, California

    East Boulder Lake Via Pacific Crest Trail

    16.96 mi / 3238 ft gain
    East Boulder Lake Via Pacific Crest Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Callahan, California.
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  • Callahan, California

    Masterson Meadow Lake via PCT

    6.71 mi / 1053 ft gain
    Masterson Meadow Lake via PCT is an out-and-back trail that is good for all skill levels located near Trinity Center, California.
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  • Siskiyou County, California

    Climb Mt. Shasta via the Hotlum-Bolam Ridge

    10 mi / 7200 ft gain
    The Hotlum-Bolam route follows the ridge between the Hotlum and Bolam Glaciers on Shasta's north side. It's an intermediate route that isn't much more technical than the south side routes, except for icy sections and possible late-season open crevasses. For this reason it's a popular alternative ...
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  • Callahan, California

    Mill Creek and Washbasin Lakes Trail

    6.28 mi / 2625 ft gain
    Mill Creek and Washbasin Lakes Trail is an out-and-back trail that is moderately difficult located near Callahan, California.
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  • Trinity Center, California

    Eleanor and Shimmy Lakes

    6.12 mi / 1703 ft gain
    Eleanor and Shimmy Lakes is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Trinity Center, California.
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  • Trinity Center, California

    Backpack to Bear Basin and The Four Lakes Loop

    30.1 mi
    Day 1 Swift Creek Trail Head to Bear BasinThe trip begins at the Swift Creek trailhead in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Permits are very easy to get, just stop by the Ranger station in Weaverville, CA. They are free and can be self-issued in front of the ranger station, or you can go in if you wou...
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  • Trinity Center, California

    Backpack Swift Creek

    18.1 mi / 3769 ft gain
    After the first set of switchbacks, you'll emerge in Mumford Meadows. A few switchbacks later and you'll be stunned by the huge granite cliffs. There some great spots to camp - if you cross the stream (perfect for filtering water) you'll find some more spots near the water. The furthest spot has ...
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