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orbitorFrom the NW Wash via the SW Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 14, 2013

orbitor

Took a trip to the Kofa NWR for my birthday to climb the two landmark peaks in the area. Hit Castle Dome first; instead of staying on the main route on the east, went to a shoulder to the west, then tried to find a way up the south face. After running into some class 4 and 5 terrain, backtracked and found a cairned class 3 route to the summit up the SW face. Descended via the easier east side route and got back to the car in the dark.
Posted Jul 9, 2014 2:29 pm

cab"Sidelines" DPS Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 23, 2013

cab

After Signal Peak in the morning with Mark and Pat. I have never seen a more cairned route than this. It almost seems like it is someone's pet project to keep this route up as it is better than many maintained trails. The class 3 portion of this route is very easy and not exposed.
Posted Feb 25, 2013 10:23 am

tpalmiericastle dome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2013

tpalmieri

Great desert peak! We had perfect weather and narrowly avoided a Mohave green rattle snake on the way down.
Posted Feb 3, 2013 7:05 pm

MoapaPkalternate DPS cl 3 route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2012

MoapaPk

From N, then to NE between spire and main mass of mountain. Took cl 4 chute by mistake on way up, took cairned route down.
Posted Mar 3, 2012 7:19 pm

hightineraryNext time...
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2009

hightinerary

I attempted the peak with scant information and little time, and was not successful. Next time I'm in Yuma...
Posted Mar 1, 2012 7:21 am

ericnoelCastle Dome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2011

ericnoel

Standard route. Definitely follow the arrow. Lots of fun, except for the talus descent.
Posted Dec 22, 2011 10:54 pm

logikalThe Dome  Sucess!

logikal

Cool after work run/scramble to the top. Amazing views of the stars and the vastness of the arizona desert.
Posted Nov 4, 2011 11:49 pm

kevin trieudon't follow the arrow.  Sucess!

kevin trieu

fun times in the desert with Pookie, Miguel and Joan.
Posted Mar 22, 2011 12:23 am

Dennis PoulinNice Scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2011

Dennis Poulin

Nice scramble with Dundeel. Popular peak with a good climbers' trail. Great views.
Posted Mar 15, 2011 8:15 pm

DundeelCastle Done  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 21, 2011

Dundeel

Camped at the TH but got rained and hailed out on the 19th. Came back on the 21st and had a great hike. I never felt I had to exceed Class 3 but there are plenty of Class 4 opportunities if you want to have more fun.
Posted Mar 1, 2011 10:50 pm

surgentGray day, but lots of fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 25, 2011

surgent

Climbed with Scott Peavy. A peak on my want-list for a long time now, glad to have summitted. We had overcast skies and a threat of rain, but the weather held up. We hit the summit cliffs to the right then traversed. The 3rd and 4th class scrambles were actually very easy and safe, given the solid nature of the rock. It was an exhilirating climb!
Posted Feb 27, 2011 3:23 pm

mhengstClimbed SE Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2011

mhengst

Climbed this and Signal over two days with Jen Blackie. We originally went up a canyon directly south of the peak to see if we could shortcut but turned back due to very crumbly rock. Instead we hopped over a saddle and on to the normal route.

Climbing the summit itself is a lot of fun. Great views and some exposure. We went up the chute between the peak itself and a pinnacle which proved to be overly brushy and required some questionable moves to get over some chockstones.

Pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewhengst/sets/72157626047014976/
Posted Feb 14, 2011 9:41 pm

Iron HikerGreat exciting scramble!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2010

Iron Hiker

Very nice morning hike, went up the West Face route. Solid class 3, with some class 4 if you get off the easier ledges. Magnificent views from summit. Returned by going directly west, downclimbing a 50-foot class 3 cliff and descending down a little ravine - seems like a good way to go if you can't get your car all the way to the regular trailhead. This climb was only a prelude to the much bigger adventure on Signal Peak later that day, though!
Posted Jan 29, 2010 1:48 am

sbkelleyCastle Dome  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 12, 2009

sbkelley

Absolute blast of a climb! The stretch between the wash and the saddle has some unpleasant scree, but the scrambling up high on the peak makes it worth the effort. The 4th class crack is solid and straight-forward, with enjoyable scrambling on solid ground above that. Nobody else around that day.
Posted Dec 14, 2009 11:18 am

BombchaserCactus, Rocks, Bees  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2009

Bombchaser

I accessed Castle Dome's South route via the wash on the eatside that comes down from the north. I mistakenly veered to the right initially which had me free climbing up a steep couloir. I encountered a massive swarm of bees at the top and had to haul ass back down injuring my hands. Once I was back in the correct wash, I went 1/4 mile past the rock arrow and went strait up the rugged hillside. There was a cliff face with a couloir which I had to free climb up. Past this I eventually accessed the goat trail which leads around to the south. The climb up from here was a lot of class 3 scrambling. The is marked with stacks of rocks. On the descent I accidently made friends with a narly cactus which didn't feel to good.
Posted Mar 14, 2009 10:30 pm

KadeeNorthwest Wash  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2008

Kadee

Very fun peak! Loved the terrain and loved the scrambling. Great weather - sunny and warm!
Posted Dec 3, 2008 4:18 pm

RedRoxx44Winter fun near the Kofa  Sucess!

RedRoxx44

My friend Jerry who has a winter spot on the Colorado River outide of Yuma invited me on this one. Did it in 2006 again I think. Up the wash, then the scramble up by the thumb. We climbed under the chockstone on the route with a little exposure. At top windy and sunny with beautiful views. Military guys sign in a lot up here. We went a different way down and cliffed out; descended a gully down a dry waterfall chute. Later we went to some mudwalled slots and tried to get to Big Eye mine but ran out of time.
Posted Aug 25, 2008 8:09 am

oldaditLost Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 28, 2003

oldadit

A solo day trip with Honda from Tucson.
Bit of a stretch in both vehicle and 4th class.
Came up DPS wash from NW, then SW face. Placed
ducks to mark route, but lost them for a couple
panicky minutes on descent.
Register on top showed a _lot_ of traffic.
Posted Aug 7, 2008 5:57 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: south face Date Climbed: when the broncos won their first super bowl  Sucess!

tdoughty

spent the night on top with a cold six pack and a radio, listening as the Denver Broncos won thier first super bowl. one short section of 4th class on south face.
Posted Sep 5, 2005 12:43 pm

streeyyrCastle Dome Peak  Sucess!

streeyyr

A classic Arizona desert peak. (February 2004 & January 2000)
Posted Dec 29, 2004 12:04 pm

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