Many parts of the ridge were snow free coming up from Castle Pass. Very windy up there but great views all the way to the coast range.
After first big winter storm hit a few days ago I wanted to get out in some winter conditions, first going up the 3 towers on Castle then over to Basin. Foolishly left snowshoes at home thinking the snow wasn't deep enough yet...that's how it can take over 7 hours to cover 9 miles... Trip Report
An early start because of monsoon season. On the summit by sunrise.
Extended the day by also walking to Basin Peak and Andesite Peak. 3 totally different peaks in terms of rock composition. East turret of Castle is about at my max comfort level but was quite fun in hindsight.
chill mini- scramble
With the Sierra Mountaineering Group. Fun climb
Skinned up Castle Peak, traversed over to Basin, then skied down into Round Valley. It was an awesome day full of great snow!
Winter ascent of the central couloir with a team of six. Good location to practice roped climbing technique and pro placement.
3:20 CTC, which it not great, but pretty good for me. Probably coulda come in under 3:00 but I was very slow and deliberate on the summit block because I was alone. Cloudy day from the bay area up to the saddle, but hiking up the ridge I came out above the cloud tops and I could look down on the "sea of clouds.". I love that.
I climbed Castle as a side trip during my 2012 thru hike.
Overnight backpack started with Andesite, to Castle, to Basin and down to Paradise Lake. Good fun and lovely setting at the lake. Really enjoyed the class 3 section on the East Turret.
Snowshoed to the peak from Peter Grubb Hut. This was my 3rd attempt and I finally made it. Got stuck in a white out on my first attempt!
With pg and aj via west ridge on a warm sunny winter day. Fun scramble on E Turret. Hiked to Basin and Andesite afterwards. Drive to/from bay area made this a long day
went over the ridge to Basin Peak, then over to Andesite Mountain
Went looking for snow, found dirt and wind. Some snow in the shade, icy and thin. Snow in the trees, almost none on the standard route.
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!