Many thanks to Michael Read for his expert Videography in the 2014 ride video featured below -- we are so lucky to have him on our team! Enjoy!
JUNE 20, 2015
Mark Your Calendar for Next Year!
Here is another great Mike Read video made from the 2013 ride footage which contains a bit more information about the ride - thanks again to Mike Read for this!.
Our 2nd annual Castle Crags Century was another HUGE success! We were once again, so happy to see so many HAPPY cyclists and your feedback has been tremendous! I'm told that our website does not do the ride justice -- but I am at a loss to figure out how to do that! I honestly think that in order to really understand the magnificence of this ride and the scenery -- you must see it from your bike seat.
This truly is a century ride with just the right amount of everything! Enjoy incredible views of some of nature's finest scenery as you ride this fabulous route.
The ride begins with a beautiful cruise along pristine Siskiyou Lake, then test your mettle with a challenging climb up a scenic one lane windy mountain pass to Mumbo Summit along the Sacramento River. The river will be rushing and wildflowers blooming along the way! Enjoy a refreshing riverside rest stop 4 miles from the top of Mumbo Summit, with fabulous views of Mount Shasta. Then continue up the steepest part of this climb to the summit where spectacular views of Gumboot Lake and Mount Shasta await. This is a climb worthy of accolades and you can count on some enthusiastic volunteers to give you just what you deserve at the top of this climb! Take a few minutes to soak in the beauty and enjoy some ice cold refreshments before the first fantastic downhill segment of the day. The Pacific Crest Trail traverses this area, and you'll understand why they chose this beautiful area when mapping that epic trail. The Eddy Mountains are little known and remote, but you'll enjoy the distant views of Trinity Lake, the Trinity Alps and the Mountains as you traverse the back side of the range toward the next rest stop at the top of Ramshorn Summit where you'll again catch your breath at the stunning views of the majestic Castle Crags, Mount Lassen and Mount Burney in the distance.
Next, prepare for what may be the longest and steepest descent you've ever encountered on a century ride before. This 10 mile segment definitely qualifies as an E-Ticket Ride! (This is where we advise you not to ride Carbon Rims due to the possibility of overheating issues with continued braking.)
Both the Metric and full century routes circle around the sky-scraping 6000 ft. spires of polished granite called the Castle Crags.
Once at the bottom you'll cruise along Castle Creek through the State Park and Castella (don't blink or you'll miss it) then cross the mightly Sacramento River and ride along a beautiful forested one lane road. Many have noted that this section is not to be discounted as it is one of the most scenic areas on the entire ride...several miles of gently rolling hills alongside the rushing Sacramento River to cross the Pacific Crest Trail once again only to find yourself riding on Interstate 5! (See the "riding on I-5" page for details and video about this 1/4 mile section. Next we'll take you to Railroad Park, an amazing oasis nestled at the foot of the Castle Crags where we have our 4th rest stop along the river in South Dunsmuir. Relax here and enjoy the shaded riverside rest stop and magnificent views of the back side of the Castle Crags before the final grade back into Mount Shasta where you enjoy a fantastic lunch in the city park, where the Headwaters of the Sacramento River emerge right out of the mountain!
After lunch, you will head to the North through the Shasta Valley, crossing creeks and pasture lands along the way, all the while, Mt. Shasta looms overhead as you sail through Weed to your final Rest stop of the day at Bel Aire Park next to the College of the Siskiyous, voted the most scenic college campus in California. All this beauty is now yours to behold from the seat of your beloved bicycle -- the best place in the world to see the world!
We will be offering 4 ride options. The full century has roughly 9000 feet of climbing and combines the two optional rides below for the full Century. There is just enough climbing to make this challenging, but the rewards are immense -- Riding along creeks and rivers, past scenic mountain lakes with spectacular views of Mt.Shasta, Trinity Alps & Trinity Lake, Castle Crags and the Sacramento River to name just a few. There are a few very short sections of gravel (10-50 feet or so) on the full century, so beware -- there are also some pot holes but all in all mostly beautiful, quiet one lane paved roads... a cyclists dream!
The Metric Century is comprised of only the Castle Crags section, which is 62.4 miles with approximately 6,500 feet of climbing. This loop is where the short sections of gravel will be found and a few pot holes so please be careful. You will find the course to be very well marked.
The Family ride begins in the Mount Shasta City Park and goes out to Edgewood, around Hoy Road and back through Weed. It has 37 miles and about 2200 feet of scenic rolling hills with stunning Mount Shasta vistas.
We also offer the "gone fishin" ride for kids and beginners. It will be exactly 10 miles, and offers an optional stop at the Sisson Museum and fish hatchery at mile 5, where there will complimentary museum and hatchery tours and fun activities for kids to do including feeding the fish at the hatchery!
The Castle Crags were formed in much the same manner as nearby Mt. Shasta and the other peaks of the Cascade Range—by volcanic activity some 200 million years ago. For the last million years, the Crags have been subjected to the forces of wind, rain, ice and even some small glaciers, which have shaped the granite into its distinctive shapes. Rising beside the spiky peaks is a round one, Castle Dome, which many mountaineers liken to Yosemite’s Half Dome.