Ascent of Castle Dome Peak on 1999-03-16

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Castle Dome Peak
    Elevation:3788 ft / 1154 m

Ascent Trip Report

Castle Dome can be reached from Yuma by driving north on highway 95 for 30.6 miles to the signed Castle Dome turnoff on the right. Turn right here on the paved road which turns to dirt after 1.8 miles. Continue on the very good dirt road to junction 75 after 8.4 miles. Turn left here and go past a mining museum on your left and numerous mine ruins in the area. At 3.2 miles from junction 75 go left at a fork and at 5.2 miles park in a wash in a small area next to a "No Vehicles" sign. Hike SE from here in the large wash toward the peak. After about 1.75 miles go right and leave the wash by going up a use trail to the top of a bench. A cairn may be here to mark the spot. UTM is: 765810E, 3665020N. Continue on a use trail SE on the sandy bench then turn more to the right toward the peak after a 100 yards or so. Follow the use trail as best you can up the canyon toward a slope that leads to the ridge on the west side of the peak. When you reach the foot of the west face of the peak look for cairns that mark the route up the rock ledges. The route first traverses north then will cut back right and zig-zag up the face to easier slopes near the top. Allow about 3 hours to the top and 2 1/2 hours to return. The round-trip distance is about 5.5 miles with an elevation gain of 2100 ft. 3/99 RLC
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