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Castle Lake to Heart Lake and Mount Bradley Ridge

Castle Lake to Heart Lake and Mount Bradley Ridge

Glaciers sculpted the Castle Lake landscape. This hike gives you summer swimming in alpine lakes, opportunities to wander through lush meadows, and spectacular views of major California mountains, including Mount Shasta. Most hikers do the trek in 1 day, but you can certainly camp near Heart Lake or in the forest past Little Castle Lake.

Category: Medium

Distance: 2.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 721 feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Directions: Follow signs to Castle Lake from the town of Mt Shasta. From Central Mt Shasta go west on Lake St, turn south on S Old Stage, Veer right at WA Barr Rd, cross Box Canyon Dam (Lake Siskiyou), turn left on the Castle Lake road shortly after the dam and follow the pavement to its end at Castle Lake.

Highlights: Beautiful wildflowers during peak seasons, beautiful lake views

Photo Credit: Trails.com – Castle Lake to Heart Lake and Mount Bradley Ridge (John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares)


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Castle Lake to Heart Lake and Mount Bradley Ridge

Glaciers sculpted the Castle Lake landscape. This hike gives you summer swimming in alpine lakes, opportunities to wander through lush meadows, and spectacular views of major California mountains, including Mount Shasta. Most hikers do the trek in 1 day, but you can certainly camp near Heart Lake or in the forest past Little Castle Lake.

Category: Medium

Distance: 2.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 721 feet

Route Type: Out and Back

Directions: Follow signs to Castle Lake from the town of Mt Shasta. From Central Mt Shasta go west on Lake St, turn south on S Old Stage, Veer right at WA Barr Rd, cross Box Canyon Dam (Lake Siskiyou), turn left on the Castle Lake road shortly after the dam and follow the pavement to its end at Castle Lake.

Highlights: Beautiful wildflowers during peak seasons, beautiful lake views

Photo Credit: Trails.com – Castle Lake to Heart Lake and Mount Bradley Ridge (John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares)