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Number of Sites: 76 Campsites Plus 6 environmental campsites
Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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Sunset on Castle Crags State Park
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Sunset on Castle Crags State Park
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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - The park is located in the Shasta Cascade region, six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5.

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Filed By: Ethan (McCloud, Ca)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great day trip if you are in the area. The trail to the crags is a 2+ mile hike up hill. Once your at the end of the trail you get a great view of the crags. There are lots of places to go from there, some of which can become very challenging to get to and others not. I would recomend briging at least a Litre of water and a snack for when you get to the crags. I don't think anyone would regret this hike.

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ICON Camping The park offers 76 developed campsites.

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Contact Information:
Northern Buttes Cascade Sector Headquarters, P.O. Box 2430 , Shasta, CA, 96087-2430, Phone: 530-225-2065, Fax: 530-225-2038

Additional Information:
Shasta-Cascade Area State Parks and Recreation Areas - The Shasta Cascade Region of northeast California is a land of dense conifer forests, volcanic landscapes, and few people. It features five national forests, five state parks, four state historic parks, and two state recreation areas.

California State Parks - Official agency website.
Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com


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