Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Castle and Conundrum
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  blacomb
 Date of Info:  06/08/2013
 Date Posted:  06/09/2013

The snow is melting fast. We started hiking at 3:30am from the campsite before the bridge and didn't start hitting consistent snow until 3 miles in. We didn't feel comfortable ascending the Conundrum Couloir based on the enormous cornice currently there, but we did meet someone who skied down the Couloir yesterday. Definite signs of small/medium wet slides. We went up the saddle, hit Conundrum, and then went up the ridge to Castle and skied down the North Face Couloir. Skied down the basin and followed a very narrow strip of snow as the path winds down. Wonderful trip and good snow, but I don't think there will be much left after this weekend if it stays warm.

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 Comments or Questions

06/11/2013 02:32
Is the Castle Couloir climbable?


Castle Couloir
06/11/2013 02:51
Yes, definitely climbable. I would get an early start. When we skied down on Saturday it was solid spring corn on top and mashed potatoes on the bottom.

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