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.
Fun climb and ski
Nice day. Took advantage of the very high trailhead.
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.
8-22-07 third time climbing Castle. I also climbed Conundrum for a second time.
8-29-09 Another climb of Castle and Conundrum
This was my first climb of Castle. Not having a 4WD I got to hike in the road. I also climbed Conundrum.
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!
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.
few people up there that day. very pretty place with great views of the bells, pyramid, etc.
Solo. Easy. Good views. Descended via the Castle-Conundrum saddle.
Nice, easy, great intro to elks
The view of the Elk range to the NW from the top of Castle was amazing!
Uncompahgre was my favorite 14'er until I did Castle. The whole hike was beautiful!
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.
Approaching this peak from the west is much more difficult than the east side, but still a great climb!
Beautiful peak. Nice crevasse, too, for a semi-permanent snowfield.
Cruised up to the top. Great view of the Elks and the Sawatch range. Can't wait to get back to the Elks, but I hate the hubbub of Aspen.
Ran into one of the coolest persons I know! Summited together. Awsome time Suey and Jeff!
Super warm temperatures made me leary of the Conundrum Couloir, so I climbed the NE Ridge of Castle and traversed the NW Ridge to Conundrum. Despite the Elk's rep for bad rock, there is some fun scrambling along the NE Ridge if you go looking for it, class 3/4 with solid rock.
The snow wasn't in great shape, but still a good ascent with some great glissades on the way down. Conundrum and Malamute were nice additions to the day.