|Peak:||Castle Peak (14er)|
|Route:||Castle and Conundrum|
|Date of Info:||05/25/2012|
Fair bit of snow up there. IMO, an ice axe and crampons are still required. The top 200 ft getting up to castle is especially sketchy. Microspikes did NOT do the trick as we required crampons to kick some steps in.
Glissade off the Castle/Conundrum saddle was good, you can glissade maybe 1200ft of vert if you want to. Road clear up to ~10600, then some fairly significant snow banks after that which you can cross as you wish. I chose not to in a stock 4runner, appeared to be > 10 inches of snow from tire tracks to high (center) point of snow.
pic 1: at end of road...12800 looking up to 13300
pic 2: conundrum from ~13800 on castle
pic 3: last 200 ft up castle
pic 4: at about 12600 looking across valley to opposite side of road
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