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Castle Lake Trail – Eddy Mountain Range

Castle Lake Trail – Eddy Mountain Range

The Castle Lake Trail is one of the longer hiking trails in the Mount Shasta area. Nearly 11 miles round trip, it offers up a spectacular feast of lakes and peaks as well as some of the finest views in the region. Surprisingly, once one climbs above Castle Lake, the trail is also among the least traveled in the area. In addition to being the foot route to the summit of Mount Bradley, side trips off of the trail lead to the summit of Castle Peak and Heart Lake. Even if one skips the detour to Heart Lake, Castle Lake and Little Castle Lake are still reached via the path. Due to its many superlative sites, the Castle Lake Trail is one of the best introductions to the Mount Shasta region.

Category: Medium

Distance: 10.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,624 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 751 toward Edgewood/Gazelle. Turn left onto Edgewood Road, then turn right onto Stewart Springs Road. After 4 miles, turn left to stay on Stewart Springs Road. Then drive 10.5 to turn right onto Forest Rte 42N17. Trailhead will be on the left.

Highlights: Gorgeous views of surrounding mountains, easy access to other trails

Photo Credit: Discover Siskiyou


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Castle Lake Trail – Eddy Mountain Range

The Castle Lake Trail is one of the longer hiking trails in the Mount Shasta area. Nearly 11 miles round trip, it offers up a spectacular feast of lakes and peaks as well as some of the finest views in the region. Surprisingly, once one climbs above Castle Lake, the trail is also among the least traveled in the area. In addition to being the foot route to the summit of Mount Bradley, side trips off of the trail lead to the summit of Castle Peak and Heart Lake. Even if one skips the detour to Heart Lake, Castle Lake and Little Castle Lake are still reached via the path. Due to its many superlative sites, the Castle Lake Trail is one of the best introductions to the Mount Shasta region.

Category: Medium

Distance: 10.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,624 feet

Route Type: Out & Back

Directions: From 1-5 N, take exit 751 toward Edgewood/Gazelle. Turn left onto Edgewood Road, then turn right onto Stewart Springs Road. After 4 miles, turn left to stay on Stewart Springs Road. Then drive 10.5 to turn right onto Forest Rte 42N17. Trailhead will be on the left.

Highlights: Gorgeous views of surrounding mountains, easy access to other trails

Photo Credit: Discover Siskiyou