The Mount Shasta Trail Association invites the public on the first hike of the season Saturday, May 2nd along the Sacramento River Trail. This gentle 5 mile round-trip hike will start outside of Castle Crags Park in Castella, go through a tunnel under the railroad tracks, cross over the river via a suspension foot bridge (see picture below) and follow along the east side of the Sacramento River. From this scenic path hikers will see whitewater rapids, bedrock geology, riparian vegetation, and rocky beaches. Several creeks flow into the river along the trail, and the trail crosses them with bridges of different designs. The area is moist and green.
At the south end of trail hikers will visit the site of the historical Castle Rock Mineral Spring Bottling Works. In the late 1800’s this famous water was shipped all over the country and abroad. The Venezuelan Consul in Panama City had a standing order of 50 cases per month! Eventually, financial ruin from the 1906 earthquake ended plans to develop and subdivide the area. The company ultimately went bankrupt after the 1929 stock market crash. In 1934 the State of California purchased 925 acres of the Castle Rock Springs property, creating the beginnings of Castle Crags State Park. In 1895 George Washington Bailey operated a resort and hotel across the river from this site, known as Bailey’s Castle Rock Springs Hotel. A foot bridge provided easy access from the hotel to the spring. people traveled great distances, mostly by train, to visit the resort and try the famous mineral water, said to contain healing properties.
Hikers will meet at 111 Morgan Way in front of the Best Western Tree House at 9:00 am. Participants will then form carpools to travel to the hike. Bring a lunch, water, and sun protection. Hikers should expect to return by 2:00 pm. For questions, call Joan Roemer at 926-0647.