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 Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  sad2
 Date of Information:  07/07/2012
 Date Posted:  07/07/2012
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Hiked Castle and Conundrum Saturday July 7, 2012.

Northeast Ridge up.
Took Northwest Ridge down to saddle.
Hiked to Conundrum. There is a canister on Conundrum. Make sure to hit the second point - - the true summit. You will have to descend 50 feet or so from the first summit of Conundrum to get to the true summit.

From Conundrum, went back to the saddle between Castle and Conundrum.

Key point: I highly recommend an ice axe, microspikes, OR poles on the descent back to the road from the saddle. There is remaining ice and snow on portions of the descent. Very loose gravel, rocks, ice and snow make the descent challenging. It may be easier to re-ascend Castle. Of course, some are more comfortable than others with descending this type of terrain. E-mail with questions.



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