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Castle Peak Trail

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 4.3 (6)

A steep climb to expansive north Sierra views.


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Map Key

1.4

Miles

2.2

KM

64%

Runnable

9,009' 2,746 m

High

7,930' 2,417 m

Low

1,079' 329 m

Up

33' 10 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

45%

Max Grade (24°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

Starting from Castle Pass, and the crowded junction of the PCT, start right up the west ridge of Castle Peak. Trees diminish and the views get grand, both of this peak and the entire region. A steep and rocky scramble gets you to the final summit, with 360-degree views. On clear days, you can see Mount Diablo in the bay area, the snow-covered Lassen Peak way to the north, and all the mountains that ring Lake Tahoe.

Once you've taken in the splendor offered by the summit, head back the way you came to reach the intersection with the Hole In The Ground Trail, or the PCT: Highway 80 to Highway 49 (near Sierra City).

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Tilman Giese

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 6 votes

#2

in Soda Springs

#6753

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  4.3 from 6 votes
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#2

in Soda Springs

#600

in California

#6,753

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Views from Castle Peak.
Aug 12, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Looking out towards Castle Peak across a ton of snow in May.
May 29, 2017 near Truckee, CA
Castle Peak
May 19, 2019 near Truckee, CA
Round Valley from Castle Peak Trail.
May 19, 2019 near Truckee, CA
Steep sloping along the Castle Peak Trail.
Aug 12, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Taking a breather at the summit.
Aug 18, 2016 near Truckee, CA

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Jul 9, 2017
Steve Kazan
Hiked up Castle Peak early in the morning. Beautiful short hike. 5mi — 3h 30m