I took the standard route up which is very easy to follow due to all the cairns and the use trail. The climb was more straightforward thsn I thought. The weather was cool and indt.
Via the Pinnacle Route.
This was part of a 21 day hiking road-trip with Heather. We did Signal in the morning and Castle Dome in the afternoon. Both are lovely hikes and a lot of fun. Other peaks on this trip include:
Pinos, Sawmill, Aliso, Signal, Ajo, Miller, Superstition BM, Turtle HP, Old Woman, Granite, Cinder Cone 3894', Avawatz, Pahrump, Pinto, Nelson HP, Panamint Butte, Canyon Point, Shadow, Grapevine, Wahguye, Palmer, Stirling, Northshore, Black Mesa, Hamblin, and Little Virgin.
We also visited Heiroglyph Canyon, Marble Canyon, Cottonwood Canyon, Sheep Spring Canyon, Cadiz Dunes, Mojave Lava Tube, Parowan Gap Dinosaur tracks and numerous pertroglyph sites.
See the trip report with photos for more information.
I did this one with CP, DB & AA on a 3 and a half-day southwestern AZ peakbagging trip. CP, AA & I did High Mountain the day before and Ibex and Haystack the day after.
Second of two days of DPS climbs.
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.
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.
Great desert peak! We had perfect weather and narrowly avoided a Mohave green rattle snake on the way down.
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.
I attempted the peak with scant information and little time, and was not successful. Next time I'm in Yuma...
Standard route. Definitely follow the arrow. Lots of fun, except for the talus descent.
Cool after work run/scramble to the top. Amazing views of the stars and the vastness of the arizona desert.
fun times in the desert with Pookie, Miguel and Joan.
Nice scramble with Dundeel. Popular peak with a good climbers' trail. Great views.
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.
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!
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.
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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!
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.
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.