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Castle Rock

 
Castle Rock

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.82840°N / 105.98025°W

Object Title: Castle Rock

County: chaffee

Activities: Mountaineering

Elevation: 9792 ft / 2985 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Sep 8, 2010 / Jan 20, 2014

Object ID: 658874

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Overview

North Face of Castle Rock
The North Face of Castle Rock

 
The north Face of Castle Rock
North Face
 
Northeastern Face of Castle Rock
NE Face

Castle Rock sits among the low mountains that rise on the east side of the Arkansas River Valley near the town of Buena Vista in Central Colorado. Castle Rock is not connected to any of its nearby mountains. It rises very abruptly above a small plain that has an elevation of 9000 ft. Sheer walls and steep rocky slopes give Castle Rock a very rugged appearance. If it were larger in scale, Castle Rock would have surely been a famous mountain.

The most logical way to reach the summit of Castle Rock is via a slope on the north face of the mountain that goes up to just below the summit without reaching any walls. This slope is very steep and climbing it requires some degree of bushwhacking. An approach from the south via a scree and thorn filled gully has also been described (see “External Links” at the bottom of the page).
The NW Face of Castle Rock
The Northwestern Face of Castle Rock

Getting There

From the town of Buena Vista, drive 2 miles south on Route 24 to reach the intersection with Route 24/285. Turn east and drive Route 24/285 through Johnson Village and continue 6.3 miles until you see the sign for Forest Road 307 on the right (south side). Turn onto Road 307 and drive 1.6 miles until you reach Forest Road 187. Turn right (east) onto Road 187 and drive less than a mile until you see Road 300 (Bald Mountain Gulch). This is a good spot to park your car (Forest Roads 307 and 187 are well-graded dirt roads that are passable by most/any car).




The Northwestern Face of Castle Rock
NW Face
The Northwestern Face of Castle Rock
NW Face
The Northwestern Face of Castle Rock
NW Face


Route (North Face)

Trailhead Elevetion:8920 ft
One Way hiking Distance: Less than a mile


Identify the slope on the north face of Castle Rock that does not have any walls.
Route/North Face
North Slope

From the parking area, cross Forest Road 187 and head toward Castle Rock. You will have to cross Castle Rock Creek. You will find dense growths of bushes in some areas.



Crossing Castle Rock Creek
Creek
Crossing Castle Rock Creek
Creek



Hike up the lower slopes of Castle Rock. The forest is fairly thin but in some places bushwhacking is required.





Lower North Slopes/Bushwhacking
Lower Slopes
Lower Slopes/Bushwhacking
Lower Slopes
Lower Slopes/Bushwhacking
Lower Slopes
Lower North Slopes
Lower Slopes



As you go higher, the slope becomes steeper. You will note that the slope that you are on goes between two big rocky walls.




Walls
Walls
Walls
Walls
Walls
Walls



It then becomes even steeper and you might have to deal with scree.





Steep Slopes
Steep Slopes
Steep Slopes
Steep Slopes
Steep Slopes
Steep Slopes
Steep Slopes
Steep Slopes



Just below the summit, you will find this little gully. Go up the gully and reach the summit.
Gully below the summit
Gully

Views from the summit:








NW/Yale & Harvard
NW/Yale & Harvard
West/Princeton & Antero
W/Princeton & Antero
South
South
E/SE
E/SE
East/Kaufman Ridge
E/Kaufman Ridge
North/Buffalo Peaks
N/Buffalo
NE/Kaufman Ridge North
NE/Kaufman North
 The Castles
"The Casles"


The South Face of Castle Rock

The South Face of Castle Rock
The South Face of Castle Rock


From the southeast, Castle Rock looks like a long wall. You could potentially go up a gully directly below the summit to reach the top. This gully is probably full of loose rock and thorny bushes. (see “External Links” below).



South Face of Castle Rock
South Face
Gully on the South Face
Gully on the south Face


Red Tape

No fees or permits for day hikes. For other regulations, see the site for San Isabel National Forest.

Weather

See the forecast for the nearby town of Buena Vista.

External Links

Castle Rock.

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