It was a warm day in the Donner basin that started out cool and quickly warmed up. Weather was sunny with a steady breeze that certainly got stronger once you reached the saddle between Castle Peak and Andesite Peak. There were pockets of snow on the backside still a decent snowfield below the summit on the north face. Took the PCT trail up and the snowmobile trail down. Both had streams running across the trail at various points, and Upper Castle Creek was close to full flow where it crosses the PCT.
Cross country to Basin Peak then hiked the ridge to get to Castle, We climbed all three turrets for fun. We ascended the main peak from the west side and I must say it was a little spicy. Sean says class 4, I don't know how to decide myself yet. Descended the south side and this was more comfortable.
Maybe I'm the victim of disorganized thinking but in my humble experience 8.2 miles, 2000 feet vertical, and no shit hands on rock climbs ARE NOT easy, cheesy after work climbs.
Who are you people? Are you even human?
Castle Peak via Castle Valley Trailhead and Castle Pass. Party of 4. 3 miles and about 2 hours to the summit. Weather was sunny with no cloud coverage and mild winds. 1,800 ft elevation gain. The Castle Peak 100K was going on at the same time so plenty of company on the trails.
Love this casual but beautiful snowshoe destination (before it all melted back out the week after!). Linked up Andesite afterwards, and then beers after that.
Nice morning hike up Castle then across the ridge to Basin.
From Castle Peak we saw a forest fire start--I think near Kyburz. Eek! We traversed from Castle to Basin, then took a cross country route down Basin and eventually met back up with the trail.
Jon's SPS list finish
Easy scramble on a warm summer day. Still enough snow to glissade much of the descent. Driving back, I fell asleep on the 80 near Colfax. I collided with the car in the lane next to me and ended up totalling my Audi. I miss that car.
Lead a hiking group twice. This is my favorite North Tahoe hike.
Went up with two friends on a pretty cold and overcast day. It was pretty windy at the top. My friends were happy to reach the first turret, but I just had to go over to the east turret and climb the class 3 to the USGS marker. It was just a bit scary for a non rock climber like me, but I am glad I did it.
Made East Turret (true summit) with Sierra Mountaineering Club. Approached from west ridge. Icy snow and crampons to gain the top of the ridge in the morning.
I easily soloed the east face of the turret. borderline class 3/4. Borderline Class 4/low class 5 solo on the west face if you want something spicier.
Chains up top on west side to rap off (or set a fixed rope for east face followers). Supposedly bolts up top as well, but must have been buried in snow when I was there.
Fun day exploring aiguilles as well. Great photo opp on the obvious one just SW of the summit.
X2 Also climbed Castle & Basin solo in 2011.
Short, fun climb on the summit block. Continued on to Basin Peak.
Drove to just below the pass and followed the use trail tot the top. Fun scramble! Peak #1/4 of the day
A boot adventure all the way to the top. Snow on all but about a 1/4 mile of the route. Enjoyed meeting a small hand full of skiers and shoers. Five people, two doggies, in all the entire day. A glorious view and plenty of afternoon wind at the top.
Nice and fast training hike
Many climbs to this fun mountain with a great and diverse trail.
Decided to come up late afternoon and camp in a cave at top.
Bummer the 80 Freeway killed most stars at night but wind was minimal and the views/temp. was impeccable.
A nice day for a quick hike up the west side via the PCT. Mule's ears, Indian paintbrush, lupine, and larkspur were in full bloom.
Quick solo sunset hike. First time to the summit and hadn't looked at beta lately, ended up opting for class 4 west side of summit block, really not a bad option.