Castle Peak Climber's Log

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cmcalhoun - Jun 20, 2023 9:01 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2020

Castle and Conundrum!  Sucess!

Fun combo!


runbyu1 - Sep 26, 2021 8:35 pm Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2021

Castle & Conundrum and a sub 45 minute Descent  Sucess!

Two 14ers: Castle Peak & Conundrum - Another Descent Record off Castle?
Made it from Castle Peak Summit to the Castle Creek Crossing at 10,000 feet in 43:08.
Did the pairing of Castle Peak (Highest Mountain in the Elk Range) & Conundrum Peak. Still a bit sore from the last 5 days & not feeling great, so tried not to over-do it. First mountain in the Elks though! Did the traverse and re-traverse and still felt a bit low blood sugar so started down measured through the first mile of more technical stuff. Went tempo (certainly not hard or race effort) for the descent, and kept it below LT until opening things up the last mile or so. I figured I might be able to do the descent under an hour, but after getting out of the tech section, realized it might be doable in under 45 minutes, and it was!
Didn't have the same bonk near the end as the last couple peaks, but probably because I wasn't going as hard down.
Saw a GIANT bull moose about a mile up, along with a few females as well. Luckily they were content to run off the road and hide from me. Fun day talking to lots of people on the way up and on summit. Watch was super wonky on HR and Cadence the first bit on the way down and again the last mile.


birdhead - Aug 20, 2021 9:37 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2021

Standard Route  Sucess!

Started a half mile up the road. Snow left on the headwall. Climbed Conundrum too and re-climbed Castle rather than glissade the melting chute from the saddle. 6.5 hours RT.


Titus - Aug 6, 2021 1:19 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2021

Castle Peak  Sucess!

Fun hike with Ben, Sandra, Kelly, and Mike


BKiser90 - Sep 26, 2020 9:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2020

Prime Fall Hike in the Elks  Sucess!

Started from about 1 mile up Castle Creek Road from the lower TH at about 6:30 am. Made it to the top of the road around 8:30 am. The fall colors were gorgeous today. We decided to break in our new crampons and attacked the headwall. It was definitely the easiest way up into the basin. We then ascended the NE ridge and then down to Conundrum and back up Castle and around. Blue skies, no storms, fall colors. How can you beat that? Down to the car by 3:00.


Walkoutnow - Jul 5, 2020 6:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2020

The Elks  Sucess!

One of the best summit views I have seen. I've been around..
If you have a 4*4, do not park at 11.4k. Road actually gets better after this. Plenty spots to park up above, even to 12.8k if snow is off road. You can create several fun, simple class 3 sections on ridge if you want. Fun little climb. We took Northeast ridge. Go straight up snow headwall to saddle if you want. I would have if not for partner..
We had fun on this mountain and summit.


mickeyCs - Mar 27, 2020 7:22 pm




jeffrawn - Jan 12, 2020 8:34 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2018

Only one this day  Sucess!

Not enough steam to make it to Conundrum


tehbea5t - Aug 21, 2019 5:41 am Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2019

Castle + Conundrum  Sucess!

It definitely helps to cross the creek and park where you can anywhere after that. Some great views of the other 14ers in the area.


chicagotransplant - Aug 19, 2019 8:17 am Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2019

Castle Trio  Sucess!

Solo from Castle Creek road near the last designated campsite. Avy debris is cleared from the road now and the road is an easy walk. Still some snow in Montezuma Basin. Traversed up and over to Castelabra, the west ridge of Castle is loose and tedious, but kept no harder than class 3 with good route finding. Also tagged Conundrum, then back over Castle as the glissade slope has a nasty loose scree field above it that lots of people were kicking rocks down.


eli.boardman - Dec 27, 2018 10:40 am Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2018

Highest of the Elks  Sucess!

Standard route with family and dogs

Matt Miller

Matt Miller - Dec 22, 2018 9:37 am Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2009

With Conundrum  Sucess!

Gorgeous day with a fun glissade! Mike Priddy joined me.


tehbea5t - Jul 29, 2018 8:24 am Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2018

First Attempt

Had to turn around short of the summit due to weather, but this is a really beautiful hike. Will go back and bag this and Conundrum. The 4wd road is definitely good enough to make it above the treeline, but maybe a little questionable depending on your level of clearance/shape of your tires after that.


Wheelbarrow - Feb 6, 2018 12:35 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2017

#38  Sucess!

Pushed my bike to the top of the miners road for a fun way to get back to the car. Nice not too steep way to the top. On this date the glissade was in stellar condition!


schleger - Aug 30, 2017 10:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2017

Route finding adventure  Sucess!

8/29/17 - some hard snow in the basin before accessing the NE Ridge. I had read on this is a class 2 route. This was my 21st peak over 14,000 in Colorado and I must say I was definitely scrambling (on all fours) on some unstable rock on ledges that if I fell would have resulted in serious injury or death. I put it at class 3. Also, the route is difficult to find. First, in the boulder field at the end of the basin - cains go off in every direction and then end. Tough to follow in the dark with a head torch. Once on the ridge just below the summit trail fragments go in many directions. So for an intermediate climber this one was a learning experience and somewhat scary.


yadahzoemtn - Mar 18, 2017 5:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2016

Second Attempt we got it  Sucess!

09/11/16: Got Castle, tagged Conundrum and back over Castle.


Moogie737 - Sep 11, 2016 12:47 pm Date Climbed: Sep 10, 2016

Fall in the air; add Conundrum   Sucess!

# 1 and #2 9-10-2016. NW wind 15-20 mph kept things cool - call it refreshing. Enjoyed the ridge scramble up and down. Added Conundrum and returned over Castle because the "shortcut" was dry and sketchy. With Lana. From the 4WD point just below the Pearl Pass road junction.

Mike D' - Mar 31, 2016 11:46 am Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008

Great Success  Sucess!

Jeff & I had the summit to ourselves, barely beat afternoon storms down the mountain.


Onager - Aug 30, 2015 10:16 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2015

Castle + Conundrum  Sucess!

Today I climbed 14,265 ft. Castle Peak and 14,060 ft. Conundrum Peak in Colorado's Elk Range. After work on Saturday I drove up Independence Pass towards Aspen. I camped after driving up a rough 4WD road which included a river crossing. I started from camp at 11,000 ft. at 5AM and made fast progress on Northeast Ridge route. I made the summit of Castle at 8:30 AM and proceeded down to the col between Castle Peak and my next target, Conundrum Peak. I made the summit of Conundrum at approx. 9:15AM and then had to re-summit Castle Peak. I made it back to camp at 11:45AM. Epic day and 31 Colorado 14ers done!

Pete Castricone

Pete Castricone - Aug 17, 2015 12:15 am Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2015

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Got some incredible photos at sunrise, which made the tedious hike worth the effort. I parked at the Pearl Pass junction, but the walk down the road felt very long.

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