Battle Rock!

Battle Rock
Is there a plaque?  YES! 🙂

What is it? A plaque just inside the entrance of Castle Crags State Park!
What makes it historical? The guide says: Battle of the Crags was fought below Battle Rock in June 1855. This conflict between the Modoc Indians and the settlers resulted from miners destroying the native fishing waters in the Lower Soda Springs area. Settlers led by Squire Reuben Gibson and Mountain Joe Doblondy, with local Indians led by their Chief Weilputus, engaged Modocs, killed their Chief Dorcas Della, and dispersed them. Poet Joaquin Miller and other settlers were wounded.

Other tidbits: That pretty well sums it up!


  • You can pay the entrance fee and contribute toward site maintenance, sign design, and other visitor services!
  • You can become a member of the E Clampus Vitus, Trinitarianus Chapter!
  • You can donate to the Shasta Historical Society!
  • You can be a responsible visitor! That means respecting the signs and pathways and treating all structures and artifacts with respect! After all, they’ve endured a lot already to make it into the present! They’ll need our help to make it to the future!
How do I find it? Listed Directions:
On lawn at entrance station
Castle Crags State Park
1 mi W of I-5 (P.M. 63.6)
Castella, CA 96017

To get to Castle Crags State Park, take the Castella exit from I-5 and turn left on Castle Creek Road! The park entrance is less than half a mile west of the freeway!

From Los Angeles: ~596mi (960km) — 10hrs
From Sacramento: ~206mi (332km) — 3.5hrs
From San Diego: ~709mi (1142km) — 11.9hrs
From San Francisco: ~262mi (422km) — 4.4hrs

When should I go? The park is open for day use every day from sunrise to sunset!

Battle Rock

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