Overview Castle Peak is a 6.2 mile out and back trail located near Soda Springs, California and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September. Reviews Photos Tracks Erik James (85) about 1 month ago N/A: 49 Completed 1 Reviews This trail is a fun hike or snowshoe trek depending on the season. The trail begins at the entrance to Castle Valley. The beginning of the trail is marked by the glacial carved granitic outcrops along the way, and after a mile or so the andesitic volcanic deposits replace the granite. Here, the two predominant rocks of the Tahoe Sierra are present: granodiorites of what geologists call the subjacent series, and more recent andesitic volcanic deposits of the superjacent series. The ridge tops here, including the turrets of Castle Peak are the younger volcanics. From the top of Castle Peak, rainfall on the west slope enters the Yuba and American River basins where it drains to the Pacific under the Golden Gate Bridge, whereas rainfall on the east slope enters the Truckee River basin, where it flows to the Great Basin in Nevada. Lynn Walker (154) 3 months ago N/A: 22 Completed 7 Reviews Highly recommend doing this trail in the winter with snowshoes. I did it on a clear calm January day and the views were spectacular! We even glissaded down parts of the mountain. Super fun! Rob Smith (181) 4 months ago N/A: 3 Completed 3 Reviews Awesome hike. Make sure to watch your step as you go up the mountain. The trail is really soft with lots of loose rocks. It is well worth it when you get to the top it is an amazing view. R K (1053) 4 months ago N/A: 33 Completed 36 Reviews Great easy to get to hike. Incredible 360 degree views. Careful of the east side since it is a bit if a drop but this is one of the easier climbs in the area. A use trail not far from the summit will take you to basin peak. Also options to hike in several directions from castle pass. The road into castle valley is not too bad but you do want a high clearance vehicle. Matt Belben (2896) 6 months ago N/A: 46 Completed 28 Reviews A very nice, easy-to-get-to climb for a view of most of the northern Sierras. From the start: everyone seems to park at the end of the pavement on the road there, you can apparently park further on but don't try the dirt road without high clearance. There's a big map at the trailhead showing the area, take note of the turnoffs so you don't go the wrong way, and note that the section of this trail after Castle Pass isn't shown on any map, you just turn right at the pass and follow the user trail along the crest of the ridge. The climb is extremely steep rock and gravel with no switchbacks and not much traction. There are at least three "summits" here, all pretty close to the same height; the first you can get on top of, the other two are vertical pillars of jagged lava, the back side of the mountain is a sheer cliff. When we went there the air was really clear, visible northwest is the rather wicked-looking Sierra Butts viewed edge-on, and beyond that is Mount Lassen, 100 miles distant. We could also see the Sutter Butts, west at 80 miles, and hints of the coast range beyond that. A good trail if you just want to climb a mountain for a nice view. Mandy Chinn (539) 6 months ago N/A: 7 Completed 4 Reviews This was a beautiful hike. Gorgeous view and very challenging. There's a great camping spot 100 ft from the peak under the ledge facing the west side of peak. Built in fire fit! Coming down was challenging because of the loose rocks and scree. It took a little longer so bring trekking poles! And make sure your shoes have some tractions. Also, saw some beautiful butterflies, and lots a mosquitoes, they got me really good through my pants even! Bug spray is a huge must have! Myra Talaroc Alcoran (1258) over 1 year ago N/A: 14 Completed 14 Reviews From the Castle Peak trail head off of hwy 80 at Boreal Ridge Road. I hiked the fork of the Pacific Crest Trail, which is basically going the opposite way if you look at the map on this site. This trail was so nice! At just a little over 6 miles out and back I was able to hike to the Lake Angela, Lake Flora, Lake Azalea. There are short ascents then descents so you get nice heart exercise. All at about 7200 ft above sea level. I highly recommend this trail. Clayton Dewberry (654) almost 2 years ago N/A: 10 Completed 9 Reviews I hiked this in the Summer several years ago solo, grapped a peak and then got a little crazy and clambered all over the castle peaks and came down on the other side - so it wasn't an out and back for me. Grabbed some geocaches along the way. Great views of Sugar Bowl and out to Tahoe and down towards Round Valley and the Sierra Crest Ruby Duarte (145) about 2 years ago N/A: 3 Completed 3 Reviews Ok hiking in the snow is no joke! The elements are far harder then summer/spring hiking. Non the less it was pretty amazing. The view is so pretty. "Snow Shoes!" A must and cant stress it enough, even if you have to take them off at certain points and strap them on you pack. I say this because we took a wrong turn, and ended up in knee high snow for over 30 min, and it zapped us of our energy...not cool! Not all places at this time of year had alot of snow, but some places could be like Quick Sand :( Great hike though. Ken Moon (253) over 2 years ago N/A: 17 Completed 1 Reviews Made to top of castle peak after 3 try's . Once you make it to saddle have lunch then push to top . It not easy snowshoeing to the peak.