|Peak:||Castle Peak (14er)|
|Date of Info:||10/20/2020|
Beautiful day. Parked lower on the road than I anticipated (campsite 2), so I ended up only climbing Castle. Will come back for Conundrum!
The road was honestly pleasant to hike - much better than hiking Lake Como Rd a few days ago. I didn't mind the extra mileage.
Encountered only 5 people all day. Two couples & another solo hiker. The first couple had turned around because they didn't have spikes or an axe for the headwall/snowfield, but I did not need either to ascend it. I avoided the snow completely on the way up by talus hopping. I found these rocks to be pretty stable. My dog also had no issues. I did put my spikes on during the very last bit of the descent so I could comfortably walk along the snow. But that could have been avoided.
The trail leading up to the ridge is pretty loose, but not the worst - trekking poles help! The ridge was fun and rarely ever exposed. My dog did better than me with route finding - as usual. I just followed his lead. But there's a trail to follow for a good bit of it. Barely any snow on the ridge, and what's there is avoidable.
Loved this one!
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