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Castle Crags

Castle Crags

The Castle Crags are a frustratingly awesome formation to explore. The Crags are so rugged that there are no trails penetrating into the spire covered heart of the massive granite pluton. Although there are a few trails winding around the lower reaches of the Castle Crags, most notably the Pacific Crest Trail, all of these trails generally avoid those features that make the Crags the amazing spectacle that they are. The lone, if partial, exception to this state of affairs is the Castle Dome Trail (alternately referred to as the Castle Crags Trail or Crags Trail). This steep route climbs through the forested flanks before finally topping out on a brushy saddle slung between Castle Dome and the high towers of the Crag’s eastern face.

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Castle Crags (Bubba Suess)


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Castle Crags

The Castle Crags are a frustratingly awesome formation to explore. The Crags are so rugged that there are no trails penetrating into the spire covered heart of the massive granite pluton. Although there are a few trails winding around the lower reaches of the Castle Crags, most notably the Pacific Crest Trail, all of these trails generally avoid those features that make the Crags the amazing spectacle that they are. The lone, if partial, exception to this state of affairs is the Castle Dome Trail (alternately referred to as the Castle Crags Trail or Crags Trail). This steep route climbs through the forested flanks before finally topping out on a brushy saddle slung between Castle Dome and the high towers of the Crag’s eastern face.

Photo Credit: Hike Mt. Shasta – Castle Crags (Bubba Suess)