The infamous, Castle Crags. In my opinion, one of the most underrated trails here in Northern California. A short 2.8 miles to the top, scrambling through the forest, climbing on granite, and ending up on what I like to call "the top of the world," because that's what it feels like each and every time I come here. But, if you are opting for a shorter adventure while you're here, when you reach the fork where you choose to go to the dome or follow Root Creek, follow the trail right for a mile or so. You then follow the unbeaten path to your left up the hill through  lush, green fern trees, following the river up and after a few short minutes you are blessed with the view of Root Creek Falls. One of Crag's hidden gems. I truly don't have words to express how beautiful this place is. The diversity of the landscape is unlike nothing else here in Northern California. I can't count the amount of times I've been here over the years, but every time I visit I see this place in a new light,like it was the first time. A place I will never tire of. A place I hold close to my heart. If I was to recommend a hike for anyone, this is the highest on my list, bar none! Sunrise is the best time of day here, starting with a headlamp,making your way to the top then watching the sun kiss the granite faces, sunlight sweeping over the valley like you've ever seen before. When you're here, you feel like you're in a completely different place on Earth, sometimes it doesn't even feel like real life. Don't take my word for it though, get out there and experience it for yourself!