Short daytrip to Castle and Basin Peaks. A little recon on the chutes between Castle and Basin, otherwise this was a revenge trip on Castle after a winter outing found us without certain gear for the icy conditions.
I thought I'd try to make a loop of it. Standard Route to Summit to SE Ridge to Warren Lake Trail back to the truck at the PCT Rest Area. The SE ridge is very loose and I couldn't find a way through without dropping low onto the south face of Castle. Decided it wasn't worth it to climb back up to reach the SE ridge again. Descended via the south face back to the PCT.
Climbed both east and west sides of the summit block because the rock was that great (beautiful holds and solid as a rock). The class 4 west side was much shorter, and barely felt like class 4. 3 hours round trip.
Nice little walk with a scramble.
Hiked it with my unprepared but willing and stubborn enough to not quit girlfriend. Awesome day to hike, clear skies warm but not hot, no wind. Ended up climbing 3 of the major turrets before I got the right one and climbing the western face rather than the eastern of the true summit(my fault, I had read the reports on here already) signed the register, let that purely serene feel of completion sink in (which hadn't been signed in a week even though the mountain was swarming with people) and headed back out in a meandering and relaxing 5 hours. Still quite a bit of snow on the trail but easy to stay on track.
It was a very nice day. Some snow still on the trail made the PCT hard to follow. However, I made it up and climbed the last 30 feet to the true summit. That took a lot of extra time.
Snowshoed up to the ridge with Don in really nice conditions and then headed over to climb the east turret. Great views. We could see all the way to Lassen and Shasta.
8/7/14 - combined with Basin and Andesite. Fun loop!
skied up to the base of the summit block, then ditched the gear and made a quick run for the summit before skiing down.. pretty icy.
The rock there is easy to climb and a lot of fun to get to the top of the east turret and find to log book. Renohangover crew 49min.
I think Steve Roper rated this route Class 3
My 1st peak in the Tahoe region. Ascended turret via SW side. Descended on east side.
So much fun! Summiting via the SW made me feel like Spiderman - my first class 3/4. Ignored the pesky insects at summit to take in the stunning views.
Drove up with Mammen and Truman from the Bay Area on Sat. morning. Started hiking at 10:30 am - snow wasn't too bad - didn't take snowshoes. It was a perfect day.
i'm looking to go up this weekend, are snowshoes needed?? or is the snow hard.
I think I'm padding my stats here . . .
One of the coolest summit areas.
The class 4 variation on the summit block was a lot of fun. I just wish it lasted longer!
Back on Castle again after 2 years. Climbed with my dog CJ in a couple of inches to maybe a foot of snow in places. Views were great. You could see the Sutter Buttes and the Coastal Range.
Ascended Basin Peak, crossed the ridge, ascended Castle Peak and then descended into Round Valley and headed back to the snow cave.
(July 2008) Fun climbing. Tagged all of the high points along the way.
(May 2006) Climbed the class 3 route to the summit.
(October 2005) Light snow almost all the way up.