Hiked up with my wife Anna; it was warm with a gentle breeze to the west. The down-climb of the east turret was spookier than I remembered, but quite do-able. We saw a lot of flying spider webs and tons stuck in the trees on the hike down, bizarre?
Route Climbed: Castle Pass / east side of east turret Date Climbed: May 22, 2004 - Successful!
Solo hike; good snow coverage though the valley below made the cross country to Castle pass easy. Got very windy as I climbed the west ridge though; it was very windy on top too. Fun class three scramble on the east side of the east turret (summit block).
Did the 4th class summit-block as well as the other high points, then over to Basin Peak. Found a fun little chute up the face.
3rd time!snow from green gate to base of ridge/nice trail to top. good views with lassen in the distance.first hike back for my girl after she had our daughter 2 months ago. used to have a summit register, couldn't find one! checked everywhere. 4th cl. route up east summit block...
via 4th class summit block...went on to Basin after
Snow from highway to summit. Clear skies, beautiful day, mushy snow. Fun!
Great peak for getting in some practice. Accended the NE Couloir to the summit. Rappelled off and descended the SW face. Thanks SMG.
I've done this several times, but the first was my first snowshoeing hike with my buddy John. Awesome wind-blown snow features on the trees.
First time of using snowshoes. The weather is not bad in the morning but snowing in the afternoon when we drove back home.
been up here a couple times - just over 2.5 hours from SF, an easy skin up to the saddle and then short climb to the summit. great sw-facing turns in the spring. prob the quickest place from the city to get on your skis.
A great peak for snowshoeing or winter camping. Even as out of shape as I am I made the northern tower in just under 2.5 hours from the snow park. Great views and plenty of shoots to climb and runouts to practice self arrest.
Nice, sunny snowshoe day up Castle Peak via Andesite Peak. Sledding down was even better.
A great day of skiing and riding down the south face! Check out the helmet cam video...
Snowshoed to south ridge, traversed over towards summit block. Had to descend then hike back up to summit block. Climbed class 3 south side of summit. Clear skies, fantastic views, Lassen was in clear view to the north.
Icy snowshoe up the West ridge. Very enjoyable scramble/climb up the east turret (the true summit). Rock is solid, but some chunks did come off from the party above us. Wear a helmet or climb one at a time. Beautiful views of other Tahoe peaks, Lassen and Diablo.
Dayhike with Andesite.
the final section is a fun climb. Lots of handhold and rock is solid.
Nice way to end the hike. The class 4 side of the turret is lots of fun, but watch out for loose holds! Went on to Basin Peak and Andesite Mountain on the way down.
Fun snowshoe up to the summits. The west face of the East Peak is a nice little climb.
good times but summit was not in the plan. skied once with Robin once with Brian- fun morning out on skins
Enjoyable snowshow up from the highway. A bit cold and cloudy...