Information Entries for Castle Peak and Name History

Name History (Castle Peak)

Title: Naming of Castle Peak

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/14/2010, Last Updated: 05/14/2010

Sources: Hart, J.L.J. (1977). Fourteen thousand feet: A history of the naming and early ascents of the high Colorado peaks (Second Edition). Denver, CO: The Colorado Mountain Club.

The Hayden U.S. Government Survey of 1874 named this peak for the striking towers along its ridges.

Name History (Conundrum Peak)

Title: Naming of Conundrum Peak

Entered by: 14erFred

Added: 05/17/2010, Last Updated: 05/17/2010

Sources: Frazier, D. (2000). Colorado Hot Springs (Second Edition). Boulder, CO: Pruett Publishing.

The mountain's name, which denotes a paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem, evidently comes from the creek and hot springs of the same name found near Castle Peak. Prospectors originally named the creek after finding traces of gold and following the stream upward to its source in a fruitless search for the Mother Lode. In this respect, Conundrum Peak is a somewhat distant cousin of Quandary Peak, whose name denotes a state of perplexity or doubt, and which was named by a group of miners who were unable to identify a mineral specimen from its slopes.

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