Castle Crags Hike — Saturday June 4, 2016

by John Schuyler on May 31, 2016

A Favorite Hike Saturday June 4th

The Mount Shasta Trail Association invites the public on a strenuous and sometimes steep, 5.5-mile round-trip hike to the sky scraping granite spires called the Castle Crags scheduled for Saturday, June 4th.

The elevation gain is 2,200 feet. Participants will first walk through the forest to Indian Springs and then hike out in the open, amid the granite slabs and pinnacles where the postcard views of Mt. Shasta and the Crags become more and more spectacular.

Castle Crags are actually part of the Klamath Mountains, not the Cascade Range, and are much older. They were formed by granitic magma slowly cooling underground (as a “pluton”) and subsequently became exposed at the surface through uplifting and erosion.

This is the same way that the granites of Yosemite formed. In fact, the Klamath Mountains broke off from the Sierra Nevada about 60 million years ago. Mount Shasta, in contrast, was formed by relatively recent surface eruptions (within the last several million years), and its rock is andesite (a type of basalt).

Meeting place is 111 Morgan Way, the street in front of the Best Western Treehouse in Mt Shasta at 9 am. Hikers will carpool to Castle Crags State Park. Bring lunch, water and sun protection.  Expect to return by 4:30 pm. Pets are not permitted.

For further questions, call Joan Roemer 926 0647.

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