Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Dathivas
 Date of Info:  07/16/2011
 Date Posted:  07/17/2011

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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 Comments or Questions

Trailhead question
07/19/2011 21:19
How far up did you park? Did you stop at the Castle Creek TH at 9,800 ft. or were you able to go higher? Thinking of heading up there this or next weekend and wondered how long of a hike to expect. Thanks,


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