Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  mrschaible
 Date of Info:  08/10/2011
 Date Posted:  08/10/2011

Route is relatively snow free, or can be easily made so, all the way to the summit of Castle and completely snow free over to Conundrum. No traction devices needed. If you choose to go on the snow in the basin it is a very low angle and no exposure to falling. Coming down the Northwest ridge is very loose dirt so take your time and I would plan on glissading once past the ridge on the descent as you are going to end up on your butt anyway. It is not a fast glissade and I did not have to use anything to slow me down. The road is dry except for a small section by the second creek crossing. No problem keeping your feet dry. Saw an unmodified (stock) 4-runner all the way at the top of the road.

 Comments or Questions

I take issue...
08/24/2011 20:49
I disagree with your assessment of the snow banks. We saw a lady tumble over 100 feet down a snow bank. (on 8/13) She had hiking boots and trekking poles. I would stay off them without traction devices.

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