Bring binoculars or bird scopes.
Climbing at the Park:
One of the great joys of climbing at the Castle Crags is the amazing views one has of nearby Mt. Shasta. The climbing here is principally trad'- bring your hardware. Difficulties range from 5.6 through 5.11. The rock here is good, but is young, doesn't see a huge amount of traffic, and won't be as solid as in other areas you might be accustomed to. The approach and solitude lend an alpine feel to the experience. Sections might be runout. While planning, take these things into consideration as not to exceed your ability. The Cosmic Wall (5.6), going straight up Mt. Hubris (The Ogre) is the area's ϋber classic, a 3(/3) star route.
The park offers 76 developed campsites that are each equipped with a picnic table, food locker, and a fire ring. There are a limited number of spots for smaller RV’s and trailers with no water or sewer hookups. Flush toilets, showers, and drinking water are available near each campsite. There are six environmental campsites located outside of the developed campsite area. Reservations are suggested. Picnic sites are located along the Sacramento River and at the awe-inspiring Vista Point.
Facilities at Riverside Campground include camping and picnicking sites as well the famed pedestrian suspension bridge that crosses the Sacramento River. Riverside Campground makes up only 12 of the 76 developed campsites around Castle Crags, but it offers a great detached place to reserve and camp during your stay. With a $25 fee, this site has restrooms, individual and group picnic areas, etc.), as well as fantastic proximity to the Sacramento River. Coupled with the delightful day use area, this campground is great for all ages and visitors.
Bring your own or rent from area stables.
Within the park there are 28 miles of hiking trails; everyone can enjoy a mild stroll or an invigorating adventure. From the Vista Point parking area, a quarter mile accessible trail leads visitors to Vista Point where there are dramatic views of Castle Crags, Mount Shasta, and nearby Grays Rocks. Gentle and shaded, the mile long Root Creek Trail guides hikers along an accessible path to a year round flowing creek.
The most popular and challenging route is the Crags Trail which leads adventures to the base of Castle Dome where the views are simply breathtaking. Also, the Pacific Crest Trail winds through the Park. Castle Crags State Park is often a respite for the weary hikers of this 2,650 mile trek from Mexico to Canada.
The Sacramento River flows through the park and has several access points that allow for fishing and hiking.
There is also an access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness. This trail provides access to other great trails in the area, such as Castle Lake Trail. From the Vista Point parking area, a quarter mile accessible trail leads visitors to Vista Point where there are dramatic views of Castle Crags, Mount Shasta, and nearby Grays Rocks.
Camping, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, hike.
Licensed anglers can catch and release trout in Castle Creek and the Sacramento River. Extensive fishing opportunities exist at nearby lakes.