Castle Peak Climber's Log

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awillson

awillson - Mar 29, 2009 12:11 am Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2008

Castle

Lots of snow, even in August!

polarjud

polarjud - Aug 16, 2008 9:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2008

Via Conundrum Hot Springs

Tried it via the west ridge of conundrum. Monsoon weather pattern. Clouds closed in above and below about 12,700 feet. Lost my nerve and went back down. Hot springs were some consolation.

alpspitze

alpspitze - Aug 11, 2008 4:09 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008

NE\NW Loop  Sucess!

Started before the first stream crossing. Nice hike in great weather. Descended via the Castle-Conundrum saddle. Perfect snow for a quick descent.

RMdaytripsgrl

RMdaytripsgrl - Jul 26, 2008 10:35 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2008

Copied myrone's trip  Sucess!

Got up there after Conundrum. Started at 10,200ft, total 5,200ft vert per gps. Snow is melting out at top of snowfield, its going fast. Conundrum couloir is still looking sweet. NW ridge is very loose. NE ridge is not for people afraid of heights. Some class 3 moves in there w/A LOT of exposure. Some very fun mellow glissades to be had!

myrone

myrone - Jul 12, 2008 8:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2008

Castle Peak via Montezuma Mine Rd  Sucess!

Drove the Montezuma Rd as far as I could. Started up at 7:00AM with a snow ascent to the saddle between Castle and Conundrum. Hiked the ridge up to Conundrum Peak and then back across to Castle Peak. Hiked the NE ridge of Castle Peak back down to the snow and glissaded to the road and back to the truck at 12:27PM. Fun day with perfect weather. My 38th 14'er............sweet!

thexcat

thexcat - Jul 9, 2008 12:34 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2008

Great hike via northeast ridge  Sucess!

Amazing but long hike, probably my favorite of 6 CO 14ers I've done. Love the Elk Range. My brother, being kind of new to mountaineering, kind of freak out at the exposure on the ridge, but loved the glissading on the way back. We got lost towards the end (guy at summit saw us and told us correct path), climbed up a scary couloir to get back on track. Unfortunately my brother lost a glove there and he had to climb it again! Great experience.

heather14

heather14 - Jun 8, 2008 8:24 pm Date Climbed: Jun 7, 2008

The long way  Sucess!

Missed the turn (imagine that) to Montezuma Basin and ended up on the east side of Castle. Climbed an unnamed couloir to the northeast ridge, ended up losing elevation and then climbing the upper half of the north face couloir. Made for a long but fun day after traversing over to Conundrum and back to the TH.

Mots010

Mots010 - May 20, 2008 9:29 am Date Climbed: May 18, 2008

Climb and ski  Sucess!

Fun climb and ski

steve_hiebert

steve_hiebert - May 14, 2008 1:54 am Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2002

Castle first then on to Conundrum  Sucess!

Nice day. Took advantage of the very high trailhead.

SarahThompson

SarahThompson - Mar 28, 2008 8:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2005

4x, First visit to the Elks  Sucess!

7/4/05 - Fun climb up the standard route from 10,200 ft. There was plenty of snow left in Montezuma Basin and I got in my first ever little glissade, although I had no idea there was such a term for it back then.

9/3/05 - Another ascent of the standard route, but traversed to Conundrum as well. Descended from the Castle - Conundrum saddle which was stupid as it was very icy.

5/21/09 - Stayed overnight at the Tagert Hut and climbed Castle's East Face, a fun snow route. Glissaded from the Castle - Conundrum saddle and added on a quick trip up Malemute afterwards.

12/16/11 - Winter ascent via standard route, 10 1/2 hours RT from Ashcroft.

MountainHikerCO

MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 8:17 pm Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2007

Third time  Sucess!

8-22-07 third time climbing Castle. I also climbed Conundrum for a second time.

8-29-09 Another climb of Castle and Conundrum

MountainHikerCO

MountainHikerCO - Feb 18, 2008 8:16 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1990

With Conundrum  Sucess!

This was my first climb of Castle. Not having a 4WD I got to hike in the road. I also climbed Conundrum.

tomlauren

tomlauren - Feb 1, 2008 9:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2007

West Ridge  Sucess!

Hiked the West Ridge from camp at Conundrum Hot Springs with my friend Keith. We descended via the West Face to avoid returning over 'Castleabra'. I think that it would have been easier to return the way that we came because the scree fields were loose and nasty. The hot springs were incredible after a long day of hiking!

johnmnichols

johnmnichols - Dec 26, 2007 10:17 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2006

Castle via NE approach  Sucess!

Summited via NE ridge route. NW ridge route had too much steep scree just below the Conundrum Ridge. Diminishing weather prevented a scamper over to Conundrum Peak.

dr_gonz

dr_gonz - Sep 4, 2007 4:05 pm

nice  Sucess!

few people up there that day. very pretty place with great views of the bells, pyramid, etc.

cp0915

cp0915 - Sep 4, 2007 10:26 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2007

NE Ridge and Traverse to Conundrum  Sucess!

Solo. Easy. Good views. Descended via the Castle-Conundrum saddle.

ktimm

ktimm - Sep 3, 2007 10:29 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2007

nice  Sucess!

Nice, easy, great intro to elks

Panthera uncia

Panthera uncia - Aug 24, 2007 4:14 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

Standard route  Sucess!

The view of the Elk range to the NW from the top of Castle was amazing!

ouray19

ouray19 - Aug 18, 2007 9:09 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2004

Another favorite  Sucess!

Uncompahgre was my favorite 14'er until I did Castle. The whole hike was beautiful!

GeorgeJames

GeorgeJames - Aug 18, 2007 5:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2007

NE\NW Loop  Sucess!

Climbed the northeast ridge from the 4WD parking area. Went across the saddle to Conundrum, and descended down the northwest ridge route. Slid down some sketchy stuff at the top due to lack of snow, scraped up my leg real nice. Glissading after that was great. Next time I won't come in August.

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