Castle Peak Climber's Log

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tehbea5t

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

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

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 14ers.com 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

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

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

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.

BradBartick

BradBartick - Jul 18, 2015 10:26 am Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2015

Fun route on NE ridge  Sucess!

Forecast was for 0% precip. Summited around 11:30 in sunshine and scattered cumulus clouds. No lie, at 12:25pm it sleeted briefly before turning to rain. 45 minutes later we had clear skies, then 30 minutes later full rain. Don't mess with Colorado weather in July. Opted not to traverse to Conundrum out of fear of lightning. Live to climb another day.

voxnihili

voxnihili - Aug 30, 2014 12:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2014

Beautiful Day...  Sucess!

once I left the summit. I gave up my plan to traverse over to Conundrum because the conditions were bad. By the time I made it back to the Montezuma Mine, the weather was clearing up to make for a gorgeous day.

MissH

MissH - Aug 16, 2014 2:38 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2014

Follow the cairns  Sucess!

Got it, but should have followed the (hard-to-miss) cairns instead of opting for the class 2 gully that Ericd mentioned (it might have looked like a better way, but looks can be deceiving). Oops.

ericd

ericd - Aug 16, 2014 12:08 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2014

Sharp crumbling rocks  Sucess!

Started with a road hike passing an old torn down mining camp to the boulder field ...big view of Conundrum and already halfway there in terms of altitude and mileage! Took an early left variation that unfortunately confirmed the terrible crumbling rock from the southern Elk range (sapped 1hr). Up and over this class 3 onto a dog route with another class 3 bonus climb up 100' of chimney to ridge around 14,000'. 4hrs up beginning from Pearl Pass junction.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Jul 14, 2014 2:05 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2014

Castle and Conudrum via the Conundrum Couloir  Sucess!

Left the bridge at 6am and got to the summit of Conundrum Peak by 10:15am. There was snow down to about 12k, maybe a little lower. The traverse to Castle was easy (a little hard in ski boots). I was hoping to ski off the summit of Castle, but we were two weeks late..bleh. So I skied the Castle headwall and got about 2k vert on the descent.

alpineair - Oct 28, 2013 10:28 am

Castle  Sucess!

Great glissade on the way down.

DanielL

DanielL - Oct 5, 2013 11:04 am Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2013

Beautiful Day  Sucess!

Beautiful day on Castle and Conundrum. I got to use my ice axe for the first time glissading most of the way back to the upper trailhead!

EndlessPat

EndlessPat - Sep 17, 2013 6:02 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2013

My first Elk peak  Sucess!

Easy climb when you've got a good 4x4. The clouds/fog made it very interesting.

utclimber - Aug 7, 2013 10:38 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013

Castle and Castleabra  Sucess!

Second summit of Castle Peak. Went up and over to get to Castleabra Peak, the main objective for the day.

Daria

Daria - Jul 29, 2013 3:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2013

with Conundrum  Sucess!

Hiked 5 miles up the 4wd road, with Conundrum. Was disheartening to see the Jeep's driving up and down the roads...while we walked.

GrumpyJohn

GrumpyJohn - Jul 27, 2013 6:40 pm Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2013

Drive-Up 14er  Sucess!

Nice!

jonpierre

jonpierre - Jul 21, 2013 1:10 pm Date Climbed: Oct 14, 2005

Snowboard Descent  Sucess!

Great backcountry snowboard run down the north face of Castle.. amazing sunrise

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