Hike to Castle Crags — Sunday May 19, 2019

Castle Crags

The Siskiyou Science Festival and the Mount Shasta Trail Association invite the public on a strenuous and sometimes steep, 5.5 mile round-trip hike to the sky scraping granite spires called Castle Crags on Sunday, May 19th.

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 granite magma slowly cooling underground  ( as a “pluton”) and subsequently becoming 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. Mt 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 in front of The Best Western Tree House in Mt Shasta at 9:00 am. We will carpool  to Castle Crags State Park. Bring lunch, water, and sun protection and expect to return about 4:30 pm. For further questions call Joan Roemer 530-926-0647.

Siskiyou Science Festival Sacramento River Trail Hike — Sunday May 20, 2018

The Siskiyou Science Festival along with the Mount Shasta Trail Association invite the public including families on a hike set for Sunday, May 20th along the Sacramento River Trail.

This gentle 4.5-mile round-trip hike will start outside of the Castle Crags Park in Castella, go through a tunnel under the railroad tracks, cross over a suspension foot bridge and follow along the east side of the Sacramento River. The hike can be modified to 2.5 miles round-trip for those wanting a shorter hike. From this scenic path hikers will see whitewater, bedrock and rocky beaches. Several creeks flow into the river along the trail; crossed with bridges of different designs. The area is moist and green.

At the end of the trail is 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 their famous mineral water, said to contain healing properties.

Meeting place is 111 Morgan Way in front of the Best Western Tree House at 9 am. Participants will carpool. Bring lunch and water. Expect to return at 2 pm.  For questions, call Joan Roemer at 926-0647.

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New Guidebook — Day Hiking Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Trails

Our own John Soares has a new book coming out in early May entitled Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps RegionsIt’s a book you’ll want to include on your bookshelf.

In addition to the Mount Shasta area, it includes dozens of trails in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, Russian Wilderness, Marble Mountain Wilderness, Lava Beds National Monument, Lassen Volcanic National Park, and the Redding area.

The book publishes May 1 and will be available at local bookstores, outdoor stores, and visitor centers shortly thereafter. You can preorder the book online now: here are the preorder options.

And here’s the main link on John’s Northern California Hiking Trails blog with more information on the trails covered and how to purchase the book:

https://northerncaliforniahikingtrails.com/blog/day-hiking-mount-shasta-lassen-trinity-alps-trails/

Annual Earth Day Work Event at Castle Crags — Saturday April 22, 2017


In celebration of Earth Day 2017, Castle Crags State Park and the Mount Shasta Trail Association welcome the community to a volunteer work day in the park. Come join us for a fun filled morning with your friends and family! This is a great opportunity for youth groups, church groups, and other volunteers from the community to come join in a worthwhile and earth friendly work day. No experience is required, and there is plenty of fun work for all skill levels. Organizers are seeking volunteers to help with maintenance and restoration of trail and interpretive facilities, with a wide variety of hands on projects to improve the experience of the park to guests. Castle Crags State Park is 10 minutes south of Dunsmuir accessed from the Castella exit on Interstate 5.

Check in begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Castle Crags State Park Entrance Station. Coffee, hot chocolate, and muffins will be available. After registration and a brief orientation, teams will be organized to restoration projects in the park beginning at 9am. The work is not heavy, and is limited to light trail work, bushing, litter removal, raking, and similar activities. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long sleeved pants and shirts, to wear hats and sunglasses, and to bring gloves. Feel free to bring your own favorite tools, but work tools will also be provided. Lunch and water will be provided. Volunteers are welcomed to spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying additional recreation in the park.

The Mt. Shasta Trail Association is proud to sponsor this third annual Earth Day celebration at Castle Crags State Park, one of the most beautiful and scenic parks in our area. Our mission is to provide inspiring outdoor experiences, advance appreciation of the beauty of the Mt. Shasta area, and assist in educating the public in environmentally sound stewardship by designing, constructing, maintaining and using trails in the Mt. Shasta area. Come join us for this Earth Day 2017 celebration! Need more information? Call the park information line at 530-235-2684 or MSTA at 530-925-9287.

Castle Crags Hike — Saturday June 4, 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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First Hike of the Season — Burstarse Falls — Saturday May 21, 2016

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The Mt. Shasta Trail Association has scheduled a hike to Burstarse Falls on Saturday, May 21.

Few folks know about Burstarse Falls, a mighty waterfall that falls in multiple cascades some 50 feet over stepped granite walls near the west side of Castle Crags State Park. In addition to solitude, this hike also offers extensive views of Castle Crags’ steep granite spires and clear, cold streams. This moderate 6.4 mile hike includes 2.5 miles on the impressive Pacific Crest Trail. Hikers will cross creeks 3 times, thus hiking poles are recommended.

The meeting place is 111 Morgan Way, the street in front of the Best Western Treehouse at 9 am on Saturday morning. Bring lunch, water, sun protection and expect to return by 4 pm.  For further questions, call Joan Roemer at 926-0647.

Check out Bubba Suess’ description of the trail and falls at this link.

Sacramento River Trail Hike – Saturday May 2, 2015

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. 

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Successful Earth Day Work Event at Castle Crags State Park

This past Saturday — April 18th — the Trail Association hosted a very successful work day at Castle Crags State Park.  The group of volunteers dragged slash out of the woods, operated a chipper to treat the slash, improved drainage on trails leading to and from the campfire center, applied decomposed granite on the same trails to improve the tread, secured new redwood planks to the campfire center benches, and replaced sod at the entrance station with top soil in preparation for the planting of native wildflowers and shrubs.  Our thanks to all of those that participated!

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New Railings on River Trail Bridge at Castle Crags State Park

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Recently a group of Trail Association volunteers, led by Mark Telegin, replaced the  wood railings on the River Trail foot bridge over the Sacramento River in Castle Crags State Park.  The old railings were in terrible shape and posed a safety hazard, in addition to not portraying the desired park image.  To remedy this situation, the Trail Association members stepped forward, applying their carpentry skills, and worked with park personnel to get the job done.  The results is a beautiful wood entrance to the suspension bridge over the rushing river waters.  The shady River Trail is located in that portion of the state park east of the Sacramento River and can be access from the Riverside Picnic Area and Campground.  Below are links to the park brochure and the Trail Association’s description of this trail.  Enjoy!

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