California Castle Crags Virtual Tour

April 23, 2006; by Igor Polk, San Francisco Click

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- Castle Crags is a granite rock mountain in the north of California near freeway 5. A short ascent brings the traveler to the natural castle with domes, walls, and towers. Mount Shasta volcano decorates the north.

This is a small virtual tour, 53 photos, never the less look around!

If you familiar with my "wiggling stereo", you can watch it, or you can type S while the applet is running and deactivate the effect. Some of the pictures do not have a pair.



External links:

Castle Crags California State Park
(Remember that the park does not include the Castle Crags itself which is a part of Castle Crags Wilderness of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest);

Location: Convenient entrance to the rocks is at Castle Crags State Park at the California Freeway 5 about 35 miles north of Redding between Castella and Dunsmuir.


The pictures were taken in October of 2005.
Click on a picture below to start the tour from that location
( the tour contains only large pictures):

Castle Crags viewStart at the vista at the Castle Crags State Park. A trail through the forest brings you up. There is an "Indian spring" on the left - just a short walk away from the main trail. At the top, I did not go all the way up climbing the dome. May be next time.

On top of the Castle Crags<-- See the advantages of stereo tour! Irreplaceable for Mountain Photography.

Somebody says: "What is the point of this wiggling?". The point is that sometimes a flat photo can not convey the true image of the place. 3D is required. Here is a little collection of 5 photographs which either make no sense in 2D or even give a false impression. Wiggling helps to estimate what is really on the picture. The page starts when wiggling is on. Type S to deactivate it to check how the flat photo looks like. (If you run it in IE, you have to activate the applet to use the keyboard: click once inside the picture). Before going to the next picture, type S again to toggle wiggling off. And so on.

You should see that wiggling really helps to convey the true geometry of a mountain rocky place where even a human eye can be easily mislead into an illusion.

This example contains large pictures only.


I love mountains. One day I'll make more fabulous tours using the best photography. I was able to make it only because Castle Crags are right at the Freeway 5 and I just stopped by for a night at the camp on my way from San Francisco to Portland. I wondered: how is my stereo technology in this most complex visual environment? Helpful? Oh, yes! So, I am going to do it, providing I am able to. Hm... That is obvious.

So, check with me later. Thank you!

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