Castle Lake Trail – Eddy Mountain Range
Castle Lake trail is one of the longer hikes in the greater Mount Shasta area encompassing 11 miles round trip, and is so worth it due to the amount of lakes and views in the region that you will see. It is also the hiking route to get to the summit of Mount Bradley, and other trails off the main path lead to the summit of Castle Peak Heart Lake. If you skip the detour to Heart Lake, Castle Lake and Little Castle Lake are still reachable. Some may not know, but once you climb above Castle Lake, the trail is one of the least traveled in the area.
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