Ascent of Castle Peak on 2014-08-16

Climber: Eric Kassan

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Castle Peak
    Elevation:11280 ft / 3438 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed Ken Jones' driving directions to reach the trailhead (important note- he wrote "find milepost 31" but he meant "find virtual milepost 3.1")

From the trailhead, one can follow the trail for a while, but it really appears to disappear. Between that and the fact it is so unmaintained as to be indistinguishable from animal trails which cross it, it might be better to just forge one's own trail, but the land is so overgrown that even a disappearing trail is better than none.

As for the castle itself, the south slope is climbable, though not pleasantly with lots of loose rocks to climb over. Once one reaches the castle, there is a trail around the backside of the towers. One can follow that eastward where one can climb to the high point. The climbing is never above class 3, but is somewhat exposed in places. While unrelated to the high point, I recommend walking the length of the castle for the views.

There is an easy way down on the northwest side, so I thought I'd see if there were a way to use that and still head back to the trailhead, but as the terrain got worse and worse, I changed my mind, and headed back up and back down my original ascent route.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2210 ft / 673 m
    Elevation Loss:2210 ft / 673 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1810 ft / 552 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:South slope
    Trailhead:End of road 8511  9520 ft / 2901 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:2160 ft / 658 m
    Extra Gain:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:South slope
    Trailhead:End of road 8511  9520 ft / 2901 m
    Time Down:3 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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