Description - The park is named for 6,000-feet glacier-polished crags that tower above the Sacramento River. With its views of Mt. Shasta, scenery abounds in this park.
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Sunset on Castle Crags State Park
- The 4,350-acre park features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park.
There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites. Showers are not provided in the campground.
Recreation - It offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the backcountry, camping in developed or environmental sites, horse trails, nature viewing, educational exhibits and programs, and opportunities for viewing Mount Shasta.
Climate - Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.
The park is located in the Shasta Cascade region, six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5.