Peak(s):  Castle Peak  -  14,265 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2007
Date Climbed:   07/04/2007
Author:  iceman
 Castle Peak 4th of July   

Left Glenwood Springs around 5:00 am. Arrived at the Pearl Pass jeep road turnoff and parked there due to the low clearance of our vehicle (Honda Pilot I think) at about 6:50 am. I think this parking area is around 11,200'

Hiked about 1.6 miles to the upper parking area. Photo below is from near the upper parking area.

We kick stepped our way up the snow field with no problem. The Northeast ridge was our planned route and we stuck with the plan after looking over our options.

Once out of the snow we hiked up a dirt/scree trail to the ridge. It was a little slick on the loose rock but there was no exposure to speak of. See trail at the bottom of this photo.

The ridge is rocky with some exposure and a little scrambling. We reached the top of a shorter peak and descended less than 100' to the final pitch to the summit.

Once at the summit you are rewarded with excellent views in all directions. Below is a about a 90 degree view.

The trip down was a lot of fun. See photo below of 14ergirl, her husband and friend down climbing.

Hope you don't mind me using your photo.

Glissading down the snow field was huge fun and almost worth a second climb up to take another run.

Got back to the car around 2:00 pm. The time included lots of breaks for picture taking and a half hour on the summit.

This was my first Class 2 and my favorite peak to date. Oh and don't forget your gators.

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