Nice hike up along Yellow Pine Creek to Castle Lake, but long and steep! There is a sign now at the trail junction to Castle Lake from Yellow Pine trail. The original directions didn't make sense as the peak is not South from the "pass" (if the pass is the lily pond area?). We hiked to the N side of Castle Lake and then up to the divide that forms the ridge from where you can head South to Castle Peak. One of the few peaks in the Uintas without a long boulder field. About 11-12 miles RT though! Hardly anyone on this trail on a long holiday weekend! Beautiful views of Timp, Bald Mountain, Reids Peak ... Hiked with RDB.
An easy summit to bag with minimal scrambling but it is a longer hike with a round trip of 9.5 miles. The first 4 miles are pretty gentle but once you start to climb out of the drainage and up to the eastern ridge- it becomes steep. There is one rock scramble section near the top but it is short. Great views of Mt. Timp and the rest of the Wasatch range to the south, good views of Duke Peak to the west and the entire Uinta range to the east. for my full report visit https://www.summitingwolf.com/post/castle-peak-summit
standard YP route - visited upper and lower Yellow Pine Lakes, then up to pretty lily-pad pond just south of peak - scrambled up from there, descended to saddle N of peak and looped around Castle Lake. With WMC group.
02/15/2009 Skied Upper Setting Road until about 9440. Headed for Castle Lake and NNE saddle of Castle Peak and then followed ridge SSW to Castle Peak. With Mike and Sharon on a perfect winter day.
01/13/08 Skied Upper Setting Road until the switchback at about 8520' and then made a bee line for the SSW ridge of Castle Peak. With Sharon, Vince, MOCKBA, and Mike.
Always nice to be in the Uintas.
Upper Setting Road is very rough and rocky and there are few people who drive to the end. Castle Lake is nice and I saw several deer in the area. I climbed up the north ridge of the mountain. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see very far because it was so smoky from all the wildfires.
Climbed several times in a short period and by different routes while writing a guidebook.
Ist of my ascents was June 8, 1996
Camped close to the summit in late fall/early winter (-8 degrees) November 23, 1997.