I went with my grandpa 13 months after a foiled attempt. Climbed the Class 4 of the east turret and signed the notebook that was in the metal box. Fun climb. Went back in Aug of 2006 with Rad.
First climb of many in both summer and winter. Great mountain for getting started on both the hiking season and the snowbarding season. NW ridge from the end of the dirt road is the fastest and easiest. Gives quickest access to Basin Peak also.
Finally got the summit block, west side. Easy to get to w/o all that snow. Nice way to recover from minor surgery. If I lived in Truckee, this would be my gym for sure. :)
Kristina,Ginger(my dog), and myself made it to the summit after we where turned around by 50 mile and hour winds the day before. We ran into some icy conditions on the Northwest slope and Kristina did not have crampons so I cut steps all the way up. It was a very fun day and good mountaineering practice. There are a lot of fun short vertical ice/snow climbs on this peak that I enjoyed.
Climbed with a group of SAR guys on an avi/winter skills training break. Fun trip, got to ski down.
I was pooped from teaching all day so I didn't make the east turret, only the west turret
Snow-shoed in & pitched camp before the pass with three friends. (one on tele-skiis) Lots of traffic on the main trail. (We seemed to be the only ones camping & not in the hut though) Hiked up the SW ridge to the center spire. It snowed steadily all the way to the top. Little visibility at the summit cancelled a try for the East spire. (the true summit, 6ft higher) Toasted with an adult beverage & hiked back down in fresh powder.
Caution advised due to heavy snoe, cornices & avalanche danger in the area.
Did this hike from 80 with my girlfriend and my dog. We went up the ridge line from castle pass. My girlfriend and dog stopped at the west turret. I climbed up the east turret. First class three climb. I thought it was real easy.
Snowshoed up from Donner Summit via Andesite Peak and Castle Pass. Numerous skiers and snowshoers had come up to the west turret since there was plenty of snow on it, but this day none except me seemed foolhardy enough to climb the true summit block because of the cold harsh wind - temps in the 20's with winds of 25mph gusting to 45 in advance of a storm. Got blasted by wind-driven snow and ice crystals. Lots of good holds - workable even with thick gloves and plastic boots (um, was testing out some gear). Also climbed the middle turret by mistake.
This was a fun climb! The access gate was open so bpgbennett took his Acura Integra (with it's 4" of ground clearance) back to the trail head saving 1.25 miles one way of dusty road hiking. We climbed up the ridgeline towards the peak stopping to climb a nice little pinnacle on the way (5.2 - 5.3?). Reached the east turret and easily made the trek up the Class 3 route. Both of us were a little surprised at how easy it was. So, after climbing down the Class 3 we walked over the the Class 4 section and scrambled up and down that a few times. No pro or rope, none needed either for this easy section. Would have loved to do some scrambling but a setting sun reminded us that it was time to head back down.
Half day hike with the family.
Good snow up high for a winter turns
Beautiful spring day. Snow was very compact so the snowshoes were just added weight on my pack. We climbed the west and east peaks leaving the center for another day. Did a quick hike over to Basin Peak where the wind was blowing like you wouldn't believe. All in all a great day!
Climbed with Bob (just for a change). The class 4 variation on the descent of the summit block was great fun--highly recommended!
Though there was ample snow cover on the approach to the ridge, snow shoes were not necessary. I carried them on my back for extra exercise. Climbing the summit block and the other central turret was fun. A golden eagle perched on the top took off as I peeked over the summit top. I seemed to be the only one in the area except for a few obnoxious snow mobilers that disturbed my otherwise peaceful trip. I proceeded next to Basin Peak following the ridgeline between it and Casle Peak. Overall, a beautiful, sunny, windless day.
Put on the snowshoes and took a stroll up the hill. Turned back a ways short of the true summit.
Matthew and I did a fun tour of Castle, Basin, and Andesite Peaks on snowshoes. Trip Report
A quick morning hike.