Ascent of Castle Dome Peak on 2012-02-26

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Joel Brewster
Anji Cerney
Collin Kamholz
Harlan Stockman
Date:Sunday, February 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Castle Dome Peak
    Elevation:3788 ft / 1154 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike. The trail was fairly clearly marked (in places it looked like alternate routes were cairned but they all appeared to go to the right place). The one point of confusion was when heading up to the saddle between the needle and Castle Dome, it was hard to catch the cairn marking the correct chute which goes to the right maybe 10 feet below where one would reach the saddle. But if one makes it to the saddle, there is another chute there that works, but it's a little more challenging- maybe easy class 4 versus class 3. There was a section of loose steep scree, but given we made it down (safely) in only about 75 minutes, it really wasn't too bad.

It really is amazing that there is such a relatively easy (non-technical) route up what looks to be an impossible summit. The views from the summit are really incredible.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2088 ft / 636 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2088 ft / 636 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2088 ft / 636 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:clockwise through needle saddle
    Start Trailhead:Road @ wash NW of peak  1700 ft / 518 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2088 ft / 636 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:counterclockwise through needle saddle
    End Trailhead:Road @ wash NW of peak  1700 ft / 518 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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