Castle Peak

HARD
#5 of 219 trails in Tahoe National Forest
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Castle Peak is a 8.3 mile out and back trail located near Soda Springs, CA and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until September.

8.3 miles 2263 feet Out & Back
camping hiking skiing snowshoeing trail running walking
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Robert Thille

16 Completed11 Reviews

This is actually a very nice trail with great views from the top. You don't really get to the very top unless you bring climbing gear or have very large juevos.( did I spell that right? ). The reason I only gave it 3 stars is that for about 90% of the trail you get to enjoy the background noise of Interstate 80. It's not overly loud, but it's there. A definite drawback if you want solitude, though not a reason to skip this trail.

Evan Hasse

2 Completed2 Reviews

Hiked from the parking area with the dog up Castle Peak then across to Basin Peak and down past Peter Grubb Hut and back. It was very windy as usual, with tiny patches of snow on the North sides of the peaks, but well worth making the trip up before the mountains get their winter coats.

Nicci Stine

7 Completed2 Reviews

Jumped on trail at rest stop east of Boreal. Trail head to the right of building. Ended up walking about 8.5 miles to top of Castle Peak About first 3.2 miles was variable terrain, mostly shaded. Beautiful wooded forests. Came across 4 trail runners. We decided to stay on trail rather then going down to dirt road that is identified as Castle Peak. Much more quaint trail, less exposed. Last mile or so, up to the peak, is a pretty good incline, very gravelly, rocky. You get to an outlook, thinking it's the peak, to realize you have maybe a quarter of a mike more to climb. It's worth it. Panoramic views. Wear good shoes; walking stick helpful. GPS navigation on Alltrails came in extraordinarily helpful as there are many trails branching off of trail.

Nicci Stine

7 Completed2 Reviews

Jumped on trail at rest stop east of Boreal. Trail head to the right of building. Ended up walking about 8.5 miles to top of Castle Peak About first 3.2 miles was variable terrain, mostly shaded. Beautiful wooded forests. Came across 4 trail runners. We decided to stay on trail rather then going down to dirt road that is identified as Castle Peak. Much more quaint trail, less exposed. Last mile or so, up to the peak, is a pretty good incline, very gravelly, rocky. You get to an outlook, thinking it's the peak, to realize you have maybe a quarter of a mike more to climb. It's worth it. Panoramic views. Wear good shoes; walking stick helpful. GPS navigation on Alltrails came in extraordinarily helpful as there are many trails branching off of trail.

Alexia Hall

2 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike. First mile and half you share with mountain bikers, equestrian and maybe a few rogue trucks, second part is straight up hiking and rewards are awesome at the top of the peak. Strongly recommend good grip hiking boots as lots of skidding on little rocks. Went in August and it was a little smoky obscuring view just very slightly. Plan to definitely return in June for more clarity and see the windflowers.

Anna Jerome

24 Completed1 Reviews

T Smith

117 Completed49 Reviews

one of our favorite! great for training, lot of climbing to the peak, loose rocks last mile or so. have gone up the ridge and gone the PTC through Round Valley which is more forested. Hv hiked in snow and warmer weather. hike along trail to Peter grub hut, hike up to Andersite peak,endless trail possibilities in such a beautiful area!

Maria Kolakowska

4 Completed3 Reviews

Great hike, even in March during a dry season.

Paul Honatke

40 Completed32 Reviews

Excellent day hike. Some snow but you could walk on top of it. Wished I'd had a good map to identify more of the visible peaks.

Johnna Magee

8 Completed3 Reviews