The Trinity Divide, Heart Lake Trail is short and offers great view. The amount of alpine terrain and vistas is hard to come by. It starts at the Castle Lake trailhead and the trail makes its way to a bench on top of Castle Lake. Hundreds of feet above Castle Lake is Heart Lake tucked into the rocky cliffs. The size of the lake may throw you off, but it offers one of the best views of Mount Shasta.
Distance: 2,0 miles
Elevation Gain: 721 feet
Route Type: Out & 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 wild flowers when in season, views of Heart and Castle lakes
Photo Credit: Heart Lake Trail AllTrails (Cheryl Maida, Brent Weber, Brett Price)