I hiked and scrambled up to the summit a few times in the 90's with some friends. One time we brought a boom box and we ate some strange fungi(back in the party days). That was some wild memories of hanging out on the summit turret.
The first time I climbed this peak it was in winter, and I was pleased to see it was so close and lots of options for daytrips of all sorts. A great training peak.
Peak 6 of a 7 peak summer day and the halfway point on my OGUL list.
One of the steepest class 1 trails I've been on.
Pics are here.
First trip snowshoeing ever with the old boats that I had...Tubbs Sojourn epic-sized snowshoes.
Nice climb up. From the road did not look doable with skis. WE WERE WRONG! Great corn as we WALKED down! Next time..
Climbed with Basin and Andestite
Left the skis at the bottom and booted up the chute.
Good day - but too warm. The snow already turned to soup by 12:30.
Reached the summit three times, twice during summer and once at winter in my snowshoes (absolutely love the scrambling towards the end). Can't wait to take our 1 1/2 year old son there again!
Do I still get credit for a winter ascent if it was 40 degrees on the summit? Entertaining scramble while my partner watched from below. Despite the warm weather it was a fun couple of days of snowshoeing.
threefer, if you count frog's leap cliff (or whatever it's called). 10 hours car to car.
Took my girlfriend and her family from Wisconsin up to the summit. Footing is VERY treacherous most of the way up, BE CAREFULL! Mom slipped about 100 feet from top and banged up her knee but made it down ok.
Easy hike on Independence Day, came up the eastern ridge. Was a nice day with Glenn Baker, Captain in the Marine Corps.
x2. Quick stop while on the way to Basin.
Ski tour to Castle and then over to Andesite with V. Skipped the East Turret, didn't look that appealing in AT boots...
from Boreal to Andesite, then traversed the ridge to Castle Peak. gotta get me some snowshoes; those things smoke crampons...
After submitting Andesite to the west in 30-40+ mph winds, we went Castle Peak on the direct route (luckily the winds died down). No snow for a few weeks, temps dropping around zero, and high winds made for an icey trek. Crampons would've been nice, but the teeth on our snowshoes were sufficient. All and all another great summit of Castle Peak.
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.