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Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby macgyver » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:47 am

Couple of questions - Headed up to hike this Friday, how are the conditions at Castle and Conundrum? Also wanted to know if there is a 'season' for porcupines messing with trucks at the trailhead? i.e. do they tend to back off as it gets into the cooler months?
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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby aliciaf » Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:04 pm

My husband and I intend on hiking these tomorrow, driving out tonight. Will let you know what conditions are like when we return.

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby mdwoodland » Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:25 pm

I had the worst night sleep in my Highlander, because of that porcupine. Relentless.
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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby HikerGuy » Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:34 pm

mdwoodland wrote:I had the worst night sleep in my Highlander, because of that porcupine. Relentless.


Where did you park? I'm heading up later this week and would like to avoid any porcupine battles if possible.

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby mdwoodland » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:02 pm

On the right side of the road, right before the creek crossing and bridge.

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby aliciaf » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:14 am

Just left Castle Creek TH. Didn't even attempt to hike because it stormed all night - rain, thunder & lightning. It was still storming for our 4am alarm and still for our 6am alarm. Got up at 745am and it was subsided but clouds still looked ominous. Decided not to try for it.

Was able to get our Subaru Outback up to about 11100ft, past the creek crossing. The creek wasn't too bad to cross with some careful driving.

Edit: we didnt encounter any porcupines during the night.

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby macgyver » Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:20 am

aliciaf wrote:Just left Castle Creek TH. Didn't even attempt to hike because it stormed all night - rain, thunder & lightning. It was still storming for our 4am alarm and still for our 6am alarm. Got up at 745am and it was subsided but clouds still looked ominous. Decided not to try for it.

Was able to get our Subaru Outback up to about 11100ft, past the creek crossing. The creek wasn't too bad to cross with some careful driving.

Edit: we didnt encounter any porcupines during the night.



Sorry to hear the weather came down on you! Thanks for the info and I hope you can get back up soon!
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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby oldkingog » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:34 am

So, what's the story with the porcupines up there? How are they keeping people awake???

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby HikerGuy » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:38 am

oldkingog wrote:So, what's the story with the porcupines up there? How are they keeping people awake???


I think they chew on your vehicle. So if you are sleeping in your vehicle or close by in a tent, the noise keeps you up.

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby oldkingog » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:42 am

I've never seen that! I wonder if they ever puncture tires...

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby jblyth » Wed Sep 18, 2013 11:52 am

oldkingog wrote:So, what's the story with the porcupines up there? How are they keeping people awake???


They party into all hours of the night with their loud music and the devil's spinach....no common courtesy.

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Re: Castle, Conundrum: conditions and porcupines?

Postby Future Ruins » Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:00 pm

Earplugs will be a must on Friday night, Macguyver!!

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