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Ascent of Castle Peak on 2013-07-02

Climber: Ken Jones

Others in Party:John Hamann
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Castle Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:11280 ft / 3438 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used the summitpost approach for this peak. We checked several other road possibilities the day before, but all were blocked by locked gates except for one where we turned back due to increasingly threatening signage before encountering a gate. As far as we can tell, this is the only way to publicly access the peak.

On Colorado Route 131 find Milepost 31 several miles north of I-70. Take the signed road to the west ac ross the highway, and reset your odometer.

0.0 Leave CO 131
1.7 Bear right onto BLM route 54; left fork is signed "Dead End 1/2 Mile"
3.5 Keep straight/left
6.3 Junction - bear right onto BLM route 8500
8.0 Turn left onto BLM route 8511, signed "Vehicle access ends 3/4 Mile" and follow to the signed parking area.

High clearance was required at the time of our visit, and 4WD made it more comfortable. Not a good place to drive if roads are wet.

From the trail head we followed the frequently obscure trail toward Castle Peak. See the GPS track - where it splits near the 10,000' elevation the northerly track is the trail and the southerly is where we lost it on the way up. Use your woodcraft to find the tread, or blazes on trees, or cairns on the ground, or path-width cut logs, or whatever else you can think of. If you do this, you should spend much more time on the trail than off it.

The trail ends near the lakes above 10,300'. We struck off through the woods and up the slopes to the south side of the summit block. There is a double pinnacle on the far east end which fortunately is not the top. The summit is the next block west, and can be ascended by careful route-finding and scrambling. There is something of a use path in areas, and my GPS track may be of some help. We carried, but barely made use of, a handline. The rock is often quite loose; this peak does not get enough traffic to "clean the route."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2050 ft / 624 m
    Extra Gain:150 ft / 45 m
    Route:Trail, then scramble
    Trailhead:End of Road 8511  9530 ft / 2904 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Ken Jones
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Note: GPS Tracks may not be accurate, and may not show the best route. Do not follow this route blindly. Conditions change frequently. Use of a GPS unit in the outdoors, even with a pre-loaded track, is no substitute for experience and good judgment. Peakbagger.com accepts NO responsibility or liability from use of this data.

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