Pretty straightforward and beautiful hike. Found some good snow in the gully leading up to the main saddle. Great snow conditions which made the fairly steep climb somewhat entertaining. The views from the summit were amazing, and the trudge back on the fairly flat trail make was alright.
I would definitely suggest this peak to any newcomers and/or anyone looking for a view!
Camped at Knaack Lake before climbing up to the summit. Fall colors were perfect. Want to try climbing from the opposite ridge sometime. Will be back summer 2015!
Climbed with some GMS friends! Wonderful day, light smoke in the area, but still nice views!
I have also climbed Castle Crag from the North (S Fork of Fred Burr)Cirque up a very loose Couloir we deemed the Garbage Chute!
Camped for a few nights in the area and couldnät resist climbing this thing. What a cool area.
Camped at Sheafman Lake. What an impressive wall!
17aug10 - Took a couple of friends on a 3-peak outing which included both East and West Sheafman Peaks plus a finish on Castle Crag. It's a long day with lots of elevation gain, but worth every bit of the effort required.
12sep09 - Took a group of 4 first-timers to the summit of Castle Crag. We camped at Knaack Lake on the 11th, then did the climb on a perfect late-summer morning before returning to the trailhead in the late afternoon. We celebrated with greasy hamburgers and french fries at one of Hamilton's famous eateries.
1oct08 - This was the third of three summits I climbed on a truly perfect fall day. Four miles from the trailhead I left the maintained trail, climbed to East Sheafman Peak, followed the ridge to West Sheafman Peak, descended to Knaack Lake then, after deciding my energy stores were not depleted, decided to climb Castle Crag (only a week after climbing it for the first time). A wonderfully long and tiring day in the mountains.
15sepo8 - The last time I was on the Sheafman Creek Trail (2007) it was in awful shape. This time it had been completely cleared of deadfall all the way to the lakes.
The climb to the SE ridge was a little dicey because of the remnants of new snow on the Beargrass - extra slippery! The remainder of the climb was nice and the views rather special including a mixture of fall colors and snow.