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Ascent of Castle Rock on 2017-03-18

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Date:Saturday, March 18, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Castle Rock
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6319 ft / 1926 m

Ascent Trip Report

See TR for more details but bottom line is this is the best part of South Table Mountain. Castle Rock is the iconic block of rock that is seen from Golden and from Lookout Mountain and sits just above the actual Coors Beer Plant so it is a landmark. It appears on the maps as on privat land and the signs on the top of the plateau show it is beyond the Open Space public designation but the concrete steps up the back saddle and the 30 or so people we saw this afternoon make it a heavily used and surprisignly easy class 1 hike to the summit depsite it being precarious cliff walls on the other three sides. There is a direct route up it from Belvedere Street below but we left from Rimrock Road and it was a 3 mile round trip from there including tagging the real peak which is nearby this impressive block. The material looked like a volcanic tuff to me. There was igneous rock with small and larger crystals but also a lot of glassy material on the plateu nearby that had gas escape vesicles. I will have to look this up later.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:154 ft / 46 m
    Total Elevation Loss:544 ft / 165 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:80F hot
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:69 ft / 21 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Stairs
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between peaks  6250 ft / 1905 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:544 ft / 165 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 459 ft / 140 m; Extra: 85 ft / 25m
    Gain on way out:85 ft / 25 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Route:Reverse of TR up back to Rimrock
    End Trailhead:Parking along RimRock Drive  5860 ft / 1786 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-4

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Green Mountain2017-03-16 a1596 ft / 486 m
2Flagstaff Mountain2017-03-16 b302 ft / 92 m
2North Table Mountain-Quarry Peak2017-03-17 B53 ft / 16 m
3Sugarloaf Mountain2017-03-16 c476 ft / 145 m
6Mount Zion2017-03-17 F379 ft / 116 m
10North Table Mountain2017-03-17 A570 ft / 174 m
14Centennial South Peak2017-03-17 C1215 ft / 370 m
14(Attempt) Centennial Cone2017-03-17 D500 ft / 152 m
15Peak 78142017-03-17 E584 ft / 178 m
17Peak 71602017-03-17 G220 ft / 67 m
18Lookout Mountain2017-03-17 H94 ft / 29 m
19Colorow Hill2017-03-17 I300 ft / 91 m
20South Table Mountain2017-03-18 J555 ft / 169 m
21Castle Rock2017-03-18 K154 ft / 47 m
22Peak 71602017-03-18 L280 ft / 85 m
24Lookout Mountain2017-03-18 M54 ft / 16 m
30Mount Glennon2017-03-19 M973 ft / 297 m
Total Trip Gain: 8305 ft / 2530 m    Total Trip Loss: 5896 ft / 1796 m



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