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Ascent of Castle Rock on 2017-05-09

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Castle Rock
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:6319 ft / 1926 m

Ascent Trip Report

Came back like I noted I would and did the zig zag trail called Sleeping Elk Trail which is accessed off Belvedere Street. This is a much faster way up and far more interesting. you see much more rock cliff faces from the old basalt ridges. On the way down, I had the mountain to myself as the wet conditions chased people away. I found some fun class three areas to play on and took my time meandering around before coming back down.
It only took 15 minutes to get to the top of castle with this very direct route up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:669 ft / 203 m
    Total Elevation Loss:180 ft / 54 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Grade/Class:1, 3 on way down
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Overcast
56F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:509 ft / 155 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 489 ft / 150 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:Sleeping Elk Trail
    Start Trailhead:Belvedere Street Access  5830 ft / 1776 m
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Gain on way out:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Denver-6

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Hyland Hill2017-05-09 a70 ft / 21 m
2West Morgan Hill2017-05-09 b160 ft / 49 m
3Castle Rock2017-05-09 c669 ft / 204 m
5Green Mountain2017-05-10 e835 ft / 255 m
6Mount Bailey2017-05-10 g599 ft / 183 m
7Crow Hill2017-05-10 h230 ft / 70 m
8(Attempt) Royal Arch2017-05-12 i1655 ft / 504 m
9(Attempt) Two Move Rock2017-05-12 j100 ft / 30 m
10Centralia Mountain2017-05-21 a1440 ft / 439 m
11Mount Galbraith2017-05-21 b1090 ft / 332 m
12Mount Galbraith-East Peak2017-05-21 c240 ft / 73 m
Total Trip Gain: 7088 ft / 2160 m    Total Trip Loss: 3550 ft / 1082 m



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