Hikes in Shasta County

Castle Crags
A viewing scope at Vista Point in Castle Crags State Park

Hiking Shasta County

Located in Northern California, south of Siskiyou County (which actually contains Mount Shasta), Shasta County has evergreen forests, beautiful lakes and rivers, and wild mountains.

Most of the trails listed here located in Castle Crags State Park at the north end of Shasta County. In Shasta-Trinity National Forest south of the state park, Shasta Lake offers additional hiking and camping.

Bailey Cove TrailBailey Cove Trail
This easy 3.1-mile loop circles a hill-covered peninsula on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake, providing both lake views and shade.
Crags Trail Castle DomeCrags Trail to Castle Dome
This 5.6-mile round trip hike in Castle Crags State Park ascends 2,150-feet through a garden of granite crags to the base of Castle Dome. This hike can be extended to 6 miles round trip by taking a worthy side trail to Indian Springs.
Root Creek Trail Castle CragsRoot Creek Trail
This 2.2-mile round trip hike in Castle Crags State Park takes a level and easy course to a tumbling creek in a mossy forest.
Vista Point Castle CragsVista Point Trail
This short hike reaches the principal viewpoint in Castle Crags State Park, which has a great perspective of granite peaks known as the Castle Crags, along with views of Mount Shasta and the surrounding wilderness.

 

Camping Shasta County

Campgrounds can also be found through Shasta County, convenient to hiking trails and other outdoor recreation.

Castle Crags State Park CampingAntlers Campground
This well-shaded 59-site campground has level sites on a bluff next to Shasta Lake.
Castle Crags State Park CampingCastle Crags State Park Campground
There are 76 developed campsites within this state park that are nestled within a pine forest with access to nearby trails.

 

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Grieg-French-Bell Trail Girdled Tree Hike Humboldt Redwoods State Park California
Grieg-French-Bell Trail provides access to lovely grove of coast redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The ground in this area is covered by a carpet of redwood sorrel that is incredibly beautiful to walk through. Within French Grove, you'll find the Girdled Tree, which had its bark removed to 1901 so that it could be displayed in San Francisco. Use... Read more.
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Castle Lake Campground Shasta-Trinity National Forest Mount Shasta Camping
Find this cozy six-site campground set within a forest of pines and other conifers near Castle Lake, a beautiful glacial cirque lake in Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Castle Lake Campground makes a convenient base camp for hikes leaving from Castle Lake and the campground is a 20-minute drive from the city of Mount Shasta along Interstate 5. Castle Lake Campground ... Read more.
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Castle Peak Hike Castle Peak Route Castle Peak Trail Heart Lake Hike Shasta-Trinity National Forest California
The short hike from Castle Lake to Heart Lake explores a scenic part of Shasta-Trinity National Forest near Mount Shasta. The fun doesn't need to stop once you reach that endearing lake. Hike off trail up a ridge from Heart Lake to a summit with extraordinary views that has been given the unofficial name of Castle Peak. You will feel like royalty when you stand on this... Read more.
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Tagged with · Klamath Mountains · Lakes · Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Distance: 3.2 miles · Elevation change: 1180 feet
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Heart Lake Trail Little Castle Lake Trail Heart Lake Hike Shasta-Trinity National Forest California
You are bound to fall in love with the hike to Heart Lake. This pint-sized heart-shaped attraction in the Castle Crags Wilderness of Shasta-Trinity National Forest boasts views of Mount Shasta, Black Butte, and surrounding Klamath Mountains. The hike to Heart Lake begins from a trailhead at Castle Lake, a larger mountain lake wrapped by pines and granite cliffs. For a... Read more.
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Distance: 2.9 miles · Elevation change: 645 feet
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Antlers Campground Shasta-Trinity National Forest Shasta Lake Camping
Below pines and oaks beside Shasta Lake, you'll find Antlers Campground. The campground is conveniently located just off Interstate 5 between Redding and Mount Shasta, but you won't hear much freeway noise (actually you'll hear more noise from jet skies and boaters enjoying the Sacramento Arm of Shasta Lake). The shaded campground is spread out on a series of loops over... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: October 4, 2016