|Peak:||Castle Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||07/16/2011|
Northeast Ridge route has significant snowfields in the upper basin. Snow is gritty and wet, but can be climbed or crossed with no extra equipment. Once you leave the basin, the climb up to and along the ridge is completely dry. The crossing to Conundrum is also completely clear. Glissade routes down the mountain are getting icy, but they do shave hours off the trip down. About half the creek is coming down the road instead of through the creek bed. Assume very wet hiking down the road from the bottom of the lower basin to just above the second creek crossing. Pic 1 - Road in the morning. Pic 2 - Road in the afternoon. Pic 3 - snow in the lower basin, looking up at the upper basin. Pic 4 - snow in the upper basin, from the Conundrum-Castle saddle, looking at the lower basin and the climb up to the Northeast Ridge.
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