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 Peak(s):  Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
 Post Date:  07/06/2007
 Date Climbed:   07/04/2007
 Posted By:  iceman

 Castle Peak 4th of July   

Left Glenwood Springs around 5:00 am. Arrived at the Pearl Pass jeep road turnoff and parked there due to the low clearance of our vehicle (Honda Pilot I think) at about 6:50 am. I think this parking area is around 11,200'
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Hiked about 1.6 miles to the upper parking area. Photo below is from near the upper parking area.
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We kick stepped our way up the snow field with no problem. The Northeast ridge was our planned route and we stuck with the plan after looking over our options.
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Once out of the snow we hiked up a dirt/scree trail to the ridge. It was a little slick on the loose rock but there was no exposure to speak of. See trail at the bottom of this photo.
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The ridge is rocky with some exposure and a little scrambling. We reached the top of a shorter peak and descended less than 100' to the final pitch to the summit.
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Once at the summit you are rewarded with excellent views in all directions. Below is a about a 90 degree view.
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The trip down was a lot of fun. See photo below of 14ergirl, her husband and friend down climbing.
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Hope you don't mind me using your photo.


Glissading down the snow field was huge fun and almost worth a second climb up to take another run.
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Got back to the car around 2:00 pm. The time included lots of breaks for picture taking and a half hour on the summit.
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This was my first Class 2 and my favorite peak to date. Oh and don't forget your gators.



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