Pacific Crest Trail: CA Section 36

GRIZZLY PEAK to CASTLE CRAGS: Drop into shady canyons packed with cedars, firs, and flowing creeks before grinding up Girard Ridge for long-range vistas of snowy Shasta and the wrinkled Castle Crags on this 37.2-mile section.
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GRIZZLY PEAK to CASTLE CRAGS: Drop into shady canyons packed with cedars, firs, and flowing creeks before grinding up Girard Ridge for long-range vistas of snowy Shasta and the wrinkled Castle Crags on this 37.2-mile section.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 59.6

Waypoints

PCT911

Location: 41.1388511657715, -121.979614257812

From Grizzly Peak Rd., head W on PCT

PCT912

Location: 41.1281814575195, -121.987533569336

Cross Deer Creek

PCT913

Location: 41.1270179748535, -122.002479553223

Creek

PCT914

Location: 41.1295013427734, -122.026702880859

Butcherknife Creek

PCT915

Location: 41.1181983947754, -122.057319641113

Centipede Gulch Trailhead

PCT916

Location: 41.1167335510254, -122.060981750488

Ash Camp; a developed, but remote car-camping spot

PCT917

Location: 41.1175498962402, -122.062133789062

Bridge over McCloud River; great fishing in the milky water

PCT918

Location: 41.1146507263184, -122.071914672852

Cross creek

PCT919

Location: 41.1152496337891, -122.089836120605

Cross tranquil Fitzhugh Gulch Creek, where numerous tiny frogs hang out

PCT920

Location: 41.1140670776367, -122.094329833984

Cross dirt road

PCT921

Location: 41.129264831543, -122.144248962402

Trough Creek

PCT922

Location: 41.1300659179688, -122.148635864258

Cross creek

PCT923

Location: 41.1413345336914, -122.16943359375

Squaw Valley Creek

PCT924

Location: 41.1403007507324, -122.170280456543

Straight @ trail junction

PCT925

Location: 41.1371002197266, -122.178131103516

Dirt road intersection @ saddle

PCT926

Location: 41.1485176086426, -122.221664428711

Ridgetop dirt road

PCT927

Location: 41.1491508483887, -122.245552062988

L @ trail junction

PCT928

Location: 41.1362648010254, -122.25464630127

Spring

PCT929

Location: 41.1433982849121, -122.249153137207

Cross creek

PCT930

Location: 41.1542015075684, -122.266799926758

Cross dirt road

PCT931

Location: 41.1600685119629, -122.289749145508

Cross paved Riverside Road and continue following the trail for a short while longer

PCT932

Location: 41.1600685119629, -122.292236328125

Cross bridge @ Soda Creek Road; ;if you want to go to Dunsmuir or Mt. Shasta City, you'll have to find a ride, though hitchhking is illegal on the Interstates themselves. Find a safe spot on the ramps or turnoffs.

PCT933

Location: 41.1627159118652, -122.296897888184

Reach I-5 and end of section.

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Hazy foothills of Squaw Valley

Location: 41.1171417236328, -122.104507446289

©Jack Haskel

Mount Shasta

Location: 41.1466903686523, -122.24634552002

©Jack Haskel

Castle Crags

Location: 41.1447219848633, -122.262107849121

©Jack Haskel