In close proximity to Castle Crags, albeit in opposite directions, are Gray Rocks Lake and Grey Rock Lake, the first being a much more obtainable target than the latter, which I dare you to find mentioned in any trail guide.
With the recent hiking and exploration I’ve been doing in the southern Trinity Divide region (i.e. Tamarack Lake), it only made sense to add the Grey Rock area to my list.
Grey Rock Lake is in the bottom right of this photo; highlighted by Mt Shasta & Castle Crags
Grey Rock Meadow
Without an ATV or mountain bike, a long rocky road walk is required to reach the cirque of Grey Rock Lake.
There are several springs in the meadow thus lots of Pitcher Plants
The not-so-gray, Grey Rock Ridge, with Mt Shasta standing guard.
The layers of mountains are remarkable
Maybe you’ll be one of the rare few who can find your way down to the lake.
The craggy heights of Grey Rock Ridge
Unobstructed views of Mt Shasta and Castle Crags are a just dessert
- Research this hike well in advance, bring topo maps and GPS. Don’t count on the 5W27 trail; plan an alternate route.