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South Ridge

South Ridge

South Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.01400°N / 106.863°W

Object Title: South Ridge

Route Type: Hike or Basic Snow

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 2

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Page By: big_g

Created/Edited: Aug 1, 2003 / Aug 17, 2003

Object ID: 158424

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Use Castle Creek TH or Conundrum Creek TH.

Route Description

The South Ridge from the Castle/Conundrum Saddle is the usual summer option and can also be done during snow season. The saddle into the basin is a speedy glissade!

Ascend to the Castle/Conundrum saddle. Those approaching from the Conundrum Creek TH pass mediocre Conundrum Hot Springs along the way. Fron the saddle it is a very short climb to the summit.

If you are there after the snow has melted expect steep scree on both sides of the saddle. Really this is only fun as a snow climb.

If you are looking for a better snow climb, try the Conundrum Couloir.

Descend your ascent route. Lots of good glissading. Glissading directly from the saddle has a person rocketing pretty fast. The run out is great.

Essential Gear

Standard hiking gear outside of snow season. Ice ax and crampons when the saddle is snow covered.

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Route up/down Castle...A party ascends to the...