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adamschneiderPark was closed, crags were open
Date Climbed: Jun 28, 2012

adamschneider

I didn't check the box because I didn't actually go to the top of Castle Dome... I just wanted to let people know that this was one of the California State Parks that (temporarily) succumbed to budget cuts. The entrance gate was closed, so we had to park along the road outside the park; this added an additional 1.3 miles and 500' of elevation to the trek (2.6 miles round-trip). Fortunately, we were able to pick up a revised trail map from the box outside the mothballed welcome center.

[EDIT: Turns out my timing couldn't have been worse; the park re-opened on July 8, 2012, having been closed for only a few weeks!)
Posted Jul 19, 2012 12:34 pm

mnpalermAwesome!!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2011

mnpalerm

Incredible scramble! Very fun, and great view of Shasta from the top!
Posted May 28, 2012 7:08 pm

hatchgreyAwesome!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 30, 2011
It was a nice hike, we stopped at the springs for a detour and ultimately climbed to the top of the dome. the granite grips so well on that dome.
Posted Jan 6, 2012 1:17 am

ckerthRegular Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2011

ckerth

Nice climb to kick off the beggining of a long road trip.
Posted Jan 2, 2012 4:22 pm

SeanReedyWinter?
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2011

SeanReedy

A clear, warm day with small, 1/2-inch deep patches of snow few and far between in the final section of trail...probably will melt by the time the next storm arrives.
Posted Dec 24, 2011 9:48 pm

FarNorCalGirlSo Beautiful

FarNorCalGirl

Did this one in high school (1996) and I still remember the awe of the crags. Didn't climb the dome...don't have to to peer over the sheer edge!
Posted Jun 26, 2011 2:44 am

ZarathustraFirst Timer
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009

Zarathustra

Camping at the state park with family, I hiked to the base of Castle Dome with my 15-year-old son and my two brothers-in-law. None of us had ever done anything this risky on exposed granite before. On a whim we scaled the lower part of the regular route. We got to a ledge where the four of us could all sit just below the stairs, take in the breathtaking views, and peer over the sheer edge.

Without a stitch of rope (and my son wearing vans) we thought it prudent not to keep going. Still, for a first-timer I was pretty impressed with our success as far as we got. I don't think I've ever been that pumped with adrenaline. My palms are sweaty just typing about it.
Posted Mar 21, 2011 1:55 pm

Bob BurdCrags Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2010

Bob Burd

Made the kids join me for most of this hike, stopping at the park on our way to Medford, OR. Trip Report
Posted Aug 29, 2010 2:55 pm

blueshadeAwesome scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2010

blueshade

This is a great park, lots of nice scrambling. Climbed Castle Dome and then played on a bunch of the other surrounding formations. Very nice views of Castle Dome and Mt. Shasta on the trail going up. Also climbed in '05.
Posted Aug 2, 2010 11:34 am

rhyangUp the stairs, down the gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

rhyang

Fun little scramble after the Cosmic Wall. Sunny and breezy day.
Posted Jun 21, 2010 11:33 pm

alpinedonPost Cosmic Wall  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2009

alpinedon

Bobbie P. and I scrambled up the regular route after completing our climb of the Cosmic Wall. Seemed mandatory.
Posted Sep 14, 2009 3:38 am

WallylongridgeReg. Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2009

Wallylongridge

Up the Stairs down the Face. Nice views of Shasta & the Cosmic wall.
Posted Jun 10, 2009 10:42 am

Bubba SuessToo sick to finish

Bubba Suess

I was sick the whole way up and took the liberty of leaving my lunch on the trail. I did not want to tackle the stairs in the that condition.
Posted May 28, 2009 9:36 pm

edevartReg Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2008

edevart

Great, quick hike in a quiet and empty State Park. On the way to fish the October Caddis on the Upper Sac. Golden leaves galore and great views of Shasta.
Posted Oct 25, 2008 8:59 pm

cdogfun in the sun: July 2002  Sucess!

cdog

had a great hike up to the dome with my girlfriend Amy, via the dog route
Posted Jul 31, 2008 1:06 am

AdamusRegular Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2007
Very hot, but it was worth it. The whole route was fun. The stairs were fairly exposed, but very solid. A good break from driving.
Posted Sep 4, 2007 5:24 am

vancouver islanderRegular route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 7, 2007

vancouver islander

What a breathtaking location! Uninterrupted views in all directions.

Soloed up and down the "slabs" to the right of the "stairs" with chance-met "Sal" from Redding. Sal had never done anything like this before and was "willing to give it a go" as he said. Kudos - for a first-timer he did really well. However, without the comfort of a rope, neither of us fancied the exposure on the stairs.

The info on this page does the author great credit. It's accurate, informative and useful. My only comment would be to rate the "slabs" solid 4th Class rather than 4-. There are a couple of friction moves involved that are quite challenging, especially when downclimbing.

The approach took about 1.5h and the climb half an hour each way. I wish we had trails like this on Vancouver Island. You guys down there are spoiled.
Posted May 9, 2007 4:11 pm

cluckGood choice for a rainy day?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 19, 2006

cluck

With TC after being weathered off Shasta at the Ranger Station. It was very wet. Cool and windy. Didn't even see the route until we were hiking out. Wet slab climbing in hiking boots wasn't the greatest in the rain. Rock shoes or sticky rubber approach shoes would have been much better. Cool area and hope to come back to visit with rope and rack in 2007.
Posted Apr 23, 2007 2:25 pm

96avs01Consolation Prize  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 11, 2005

96avs01

Decided to climb Castle Dome on our way home from a climbing trip in Bend, OR. Figured we needed to succeed on something after having to abort our plans in Bend due to an unexpected late season snow storm. Views of Shasta were amazing.
Posted Mar 14, 2007 3:20 pm

highicerap off the top  Sucess!
did the 5.9 n. face, plus two 5.8 west face routes. had to give my novice friend a rush by letting her have a turn at rapping off the summit into open air. she got pretty confident and started practicing pendulums. we tied two ropes together in order to get to where you're freehanging away from the face by 20 ft. and feel totally exposed. good test to see if you're wall material!we jugged back up the line, since the ropes obviously don't make it to the ledges.
Posted Feb 5, 2007 10:08 pm

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