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Wonderfully quiet location

Gentle walk around the lake side or slightly more strenuous uphill to view Heart Lake - well worth... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Worcestershire, United Kingdom
Very nice discovery - escpecially the walk up to Heart Lake

This is a very nice place to hike. The scenery is beautiful and the hike to castle lake is great... read more

Reviewed September 8, 2018
Clemency, Luxembourg
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gentle walk around the lake side or slightly more strenuous uphill to view Heart Lake - well worth it!

Thank crystalcove2017
Reviewed September 8, 2018

This is a very nice place to hike. The scenery is beautiful and the hike to castle lake is great fun. Take advantage of the castle lake before you drive away to take a dip and refresh.

Thank M D
Reviewed August 1, 2018

I think this is one of my favorite places, period!! The lake is pristine with clear, cold water, nice to swim in during summer. Trail along the shore. The drive is very winding and not for the weak of stomach! However, it's all worth it...More

1  Thank MaryE995
Reviewed July 31, 2018

A little disappointed in the vista. Pretty much a well kept secret for the locals. Lots of picnics, swimming, paddle boards, kayaks. Restroom facilities available. Parking somewhat limited.

Thank Dennis K
Reviewed July 12, 2018

Castle Lake is pristine glacial cirque lake with granite cliffs and clear water, we canoed in the water, with the backdrop of the beautiful mountain, and splendid nature, picture perfect. You can rent a canoe from the local sports shop, they can help you tie...More

3  Thank SheenaGao
Reviewed July 3, 2018

My Airbnb host recommended stopping at Castle lake, due to its beauty, on my trip down to the Shasta area from Redmond, OR. The lake is a 10 mile drive off the freeway and was well worth the extra miles. The lake was busy, as...More

1  Thank Emily C
Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

This lake is so amazing. I love the mountains and the trails surrounding the lake too. I didn't make it up to the little castle lake, but next time. Great place to stop before heading up to the Mountian.

1  Thank Damien B
Reviewed March 9, 2018 via mobile

Great hiking, photo and XC skiing area! Been here many times and never tire of it. Castle Lake and Heart Lake are Northern California back country gems! The trail up to Heart Lake above Castle Lake is a little steep and somewhat under developed, but...More

1  Thank Mark N
Reviewed January 26, 2018

The City of Mount Shasta is no doubt one of the West's last pristine small mountain towns. Castle Lake is beautiful, and there are several others, too.

Thank gardenwayParkCity
Reviewed October 19, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised at the quiet and beauty of Castle Lake. The lake sits in a scenic bowl with towering rock walls on 3 sides. The road in to the parking area is good and affords wonderful views of Black Butte, Mount Shasta and...More

4  Thank Annette K
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July 18, 2017|
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Response from Craig S | Reviewed this property |
paved road, easy drive, all the way to the lake
May 12, 2016|
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Response from Jan501 | Reviewed this property |
We drove up there the other day and the road was open and beautiful. We didn't see any dogs, and we saw no signs prohibiting them.