Peak:  Castle Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northeast Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  climbskiyogi
 Date of Info:  10/20/2020
 Date Posted:  10/21/2020
 Details

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!



Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Conundrum#2



 Comments or Questions
SkyGirl

Dogs are awesome.
10/22/2020 12:17
When I take my pup along, she's always spot on with route finding. I thought she's some kind of special, but by the sound of it all dogs are.


climbskiyogi

SkyGirl
10/22/2020 12:34
Seriously! He has helped me out so much with route-finding. I honestly feel much safer hiking with him.



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