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mattpayne11 - Apr 26, 2009 12:09 am - Hasn't voted

Memorial Day

Hello - thank you for the route description.

Is this approach doable in the Memorial Day time-frame?


RyanS - Apr 26, 2009 4:07 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Memorial Day

I've had several good May trips to the Lake San Cristobal area. You'd probably be good to go.


mattpayne11 - Apr 26, 2009 4:39 pm - Hasn't voted


Thank you Ryan!


mattpayne11 - May 19, 2009 10:55 am - Hasn't voted

More questions

Ryan, your responses have been outstanding, thank you!
In regards to the trail going up these mountains, I was looking at the TOPO map and it shows a road leading up from the Castle Lakes that eventually becomes the trail. I believe you mention that the trail meets up with this road.

Is there access up this road at all from the lakes? I was thinking this was maybe a good way to start the hike.

Additionally, what is the camping situation like near the lakes and/or trailhead?


RyanS - May 20, 2009 5:02 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: More questions

Hi Matt, that road would be nice except access to it is on private property -- the Castle Lakes Ranch or somesuch. My route description gets you around the private property.


mattpayne11 - May 20, 2009 5:14 pm - Hasn't voted


OK that makes sense, do you know what the camping is like in the area?


RyanS - May 22, 2009 7:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Thanks

Official or backcountry? Officially, there's copious camping along the Cinnamon Pass Road. There's at least two or three BLM campgrounds on that road.

I like the Mills Creek CG. If you have the Roach 14er book, it references that CG in the Sunshine Peak section. It's past the Castle Lakes area -- you can see "Mill Gulch" on the Redcloud Peak quad.

Backcountry, I honestly can't remember. The meadow just NW of Point 10,490 is pretty marshy if memory serves.

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