Castle Peak Climber's Log

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itzacho - Jun 20, 2020 7:24 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2020

Warm at the Summit but still pockets or snow!  Sucess!

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.


colingregory - Sep 16, 2019 12:19 pm Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2019

Dayhike  Sucess!

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.


Fleshj27 - Nov 2, 2018 6:10 pm Date Climbed: Nov 2, 2018

Brutish little bastard  Sucess!

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?


patricklynch88 - Aug 18, 2018 10:41 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2018

Castle Peak Trailhead  Sucess!

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.


sgenise - Jan 3, 2018 7:58 pm

First snow of the season!

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.


GlennD - Sep 4, 2017 12:35 pm Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2017

Castle & Basin  Sucess!

Nice morning hike up Castle then across the ridge to Basin.


kaylam87 - Jul 4, 2017 11:42 am Date Climbed: Jul 25, 2015

Castle and Basin  Sucess!

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.


LincolnB - Oct 24, 2016 1:00 am Date Climbed: Oct 23, 2016

Quick climb with family group  Sucess!

Jon's SPS list finish


CWessels - Aug 8, 2016 3:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 20, 2010

Dayhike  Sucess!

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.


gordonye - Jul 8, 2016 3:18 am Date Climbed: Feb 2, 2013

Snowshoe hike  Sucess!

Lead a hiking group twice. This is my favorite North Tahoe hike.

Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton - Jun 26, 2016 3:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2016

Reached true summit  Sucess!

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.


SonoraShane - Mar 1, 2016 10:44 pm Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2016

SMC  Sucess!

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.


Fairweather - Oct 18, 2015 8:47 pm Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014

Via Trail with Todd  Sucess!

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.


cab - Oct 5, 2015 12:00 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2015

From Donner Pass  Sucess!

Short, fun climb on the summit block. Continued on to Basin Peak.


bechtt - Aug 21, 2015 2:27 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2015

Trail  Sucess!

Drove to just below the pass and followed the use trail tot the top. Fun scramble! Peak #1/4 of the day

Larry Laverty

Larry Laverty - Feb 4, 2015 2:11 am Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2015

Warm Winter Day  Sucess!

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.


ScottyP - Nov 10, 2014 8:07 pm

A lot more fun with snow  Sucess!

Nice and fast training hike


thelocs - Jul 30, 2014 3:35 am Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2014

Local Peakbaggin'  Sucess!

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.


MountainTrekker - Jun 20, 2014 4:43 pm Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2014

Quick  Sucess!

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.


JoeK - Jun 13, 2014 5:56 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014

Solo sunset hike  Sucess!

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.

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