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The Klamath Mountains, in northwestern California, although consisting mostly of rocks of volcanic and sedimentary origin, nevertheless sometimes find themselves graced by large granitic structures. Intense glaciation during the Pleistocene has carved some interesting structures in this granite, not the least of which are the Castle Crag formations, fifteen miles south of Mount Shasta along Interstate 5:

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Here’s an evening shot of the crags, taken just south of them from Castle Creek Road:

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And another evening shot from the Castle Crags overlook:

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On an unseasonably cool July morning, I trekked the Castle Crags trail, which in two and a half miles leads you straight up 2,500 feet into the Crags’ formations. Below is a satellite image, along with the locations where I shot photos that morning:

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Following are the images taken from that trek:

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