We headed about 90 miles into California from Oregon for a training hike last weekend. As the challenge of an Alps trek next month nears, Castle Crags State Park gave us a chance to test our lungs and legs in the Shasta National Forest.
The seven-mile walk took us up about 2,500 feet to reach the granite formations more than 170 million years old. A collision of an oceanic plate with North America created the Crags.
The Crags Trail is all uphill and steep scrambling over rocks made the last mile quite difficult.
A food and beer fueling stop on the way home capped a tough, but rewarding day.