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Extraordinary Hiking Area!

Great hiking, photo and XC skiing area! Been here many times and never tire of it. Castle Lake and... read more

Reviewed March 10, 2018
Mark N
via mobile
Gorgeous Small LAke

The City of Mount Shasta is no doubt one of the West's last pristine small mountain towns. Castle... read more

Reviewed January 27, 2018
gardenwayParkCity
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park city
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“rock walls” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Mount Shasta, CA
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Reviewed March 10, 2018 via mobile

Great hiking, photo and XC skiing area! Been here many times and never tire of it. Castle Lake and Heart Lake are Northern California back country gems! The trail up to Heart Lake above Castle Lake is a little steep and somewhat under developed, but...More

Thank Mark N
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

The City of Mount Shasta is no doubt one of the West's last pristine small mountain towns. Castle Lake is beautiful, and there are several others, too.

Thank gardenwayParkCity
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Reviewed October 19, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised at the quiet and beauty of Castle Lake. The lake sits in a scenic bowl with towering rock walls on 3 sides. The road in to the parking area is good and affords wonderful views of Black Butte, Mount Shasta and...More

1  Thank Annette K
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Reviewed October 12, 2017

It's relatively easy to get to Castle Lake, but it feels like you are miles from civilization. Castle Lake is a beautiful alpine lake with crystal-clear waters. You can swim in it in the summer and kayak from Spring through late fall. We also enjoy...More

Thank Michael g
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Reviewed September 21, 2017

The hike to Heart Lake from Castle Lake was definitely the highlight of our trip to Mount Shasta, despite the fact that we couldn't "quite see" it from there, due to wildfire smoke. The hike itself is less than an hour to get there, but...More

Thank Chia2005
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Reviewed August 30, 2017

Popular hike. Easy to drive to. Wear hiking boots to go up to Heart Lake. Rocky and slippery sandy. Trail very obscure near tree line. Being our first time, we got lost coming and going. Allow extra time and daylight for safety. Phenomenal views up...More

2  Thank Kay L
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Reviewed August 17, 2017

We had an unexpected stop over in Mount Shasta because of mechanical issues on our RV trailer, so we took the opportunity to explore the area. This lake is absolutely stunning! It's an alpine lake so the water stays crystal clear, but it's warm enough...More

Thank Fay D
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Reviewed August 15, 2017

Just go it is georgeous. We hiked the lake. I would have brought my fishing gear but it was not that kind of trip plenty of fish though

Thank BeachMike1
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Reviewed August 10, 2017

Spectacular views to and from, along the way to Castle Lake. Summer time enjoy a picnic, a swim or hike with good shoes; Winter time enjoy ice fishing, and stomping around in the snow. A must for nature lovers and the locals always encourage being...More

Thank 1Shastagirl
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Reviewed August 9, 2017

You cant beat the experience of driving up to Castle Lake. Beautiful windy road that gains elevation with great views of Mt Shasta and Black Butte across the valley! But that is also the problem. Since you can drive anyone can an unfortunately people come...More

Thank DR FRANK L
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moody_sweeper
July 18, 2017|
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Response from Craig S | Reviewed this property |
paved road, easy drive, all the way to the lake
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DeyRitwik
May 13, 2016|
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Response from Jan501 | Reviewed this property |
We drove up there the other day and the road was open and beautiful. We didn't see any dogs, and we saw no signs prohibiting them.
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