On Saturday November 15, my mom, Logan, and I hiked to Castle Dome in California’s Castle Crags State Park. The hike was roughly 6 miles, which doesn't sound like a long hike, but the elevation gain was over 2,200 feet! It's a climb, but the view of the Crags and Mt. Shasta are worth the hike.
Logan and I did the hike at the same time last year to celebrate my step-dad, Mahlon's, birthday. I'm happy my mom was able to go on the hike this year; although, I think we wore her out. On the way home, she fell asleep in the car.
It was a beautiful fall day, and the colors were stunning. The leaves were colored in yellow, orange, and green tones. On the walk up, we had lunch on the trail with a view of Mt. Shasta and the Castle Dome.
We ended the day with barley wine, a stout beer, meatloaf, and other good eats at the Dunsmuir Brewery. Mahlon would have loved the food, the company, and the expansive views. I want to make the Crags hike an annual celebration to honor Mahlon's memory and to celebrate his birthday.
Enjoy the photos!
All of the photos above were taken with my iPhone 6 Plus.