Special note about Heart Lake
The traditional trail to Heart Lake and Little Castle Lake leaves the east end of the parking area and ascends to the divide above the east side of the lake. It begins on public land in section 24 of T39N R5W but immediately crosses the boundary of section 19 of T39N R4W. This entire section of land (about 640 acres) is privately owned property and posted as such. There is no legal access across this section to these lakes. Please be respectful and avoid trespassing.
Species present: Brook Trout
Seasons: Open all year. Bag limit: 5 per day, 10 in possession.
Date of usual ice out: June 1 (6,050' elevation)
Access road: This lake is located in Section 24, T39N, R5W. Drive to Castle Lake, about 11 miles from the town of Mt. Shasta, on the paved Castle Lake Road, which is usually open on Memorial Day. From Castle Lake, go about a mile south, then there is a faint trail southwest to Heart Lake.
Camping: 1 to 3 poor sites. The lake has steep shores.
Surface acres: 0.75 acres and 11' deep.
Comments: Fair fishing for small Brook Trout. The lake sometimes freezes, which can kill the fish. There is a very small pond on the west side of this lake. The lake is on National Forest land in the Castle Crags Wilderness.