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Ascent of Castle Dome Peak on 2016-12-27

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Castle Dome Peak
    Location:USA-Arizona
    Elevation:3788 ft / 1154 m

Ascent Trip Report

wow. awesome peak. the views, the climb. just totally worth it.

last week, when i was in this area with david and andrew for signal peak, we had spied castle dome... up to that point it was just another entry on the P2k list for me. i hadn't looked for pictures yet... but when you see it you do wonder whether it's class 5 or what. it looks to be sheer cliffs, at least from the side visible from US-95.

so i read various reports, and i saw a strong suggestion that it's class 3 unless you choose the wrong path. i used eric kassan and kathy wing's reports tracks occasionally, but the ducks were really all i needed. you pretty much follow the ducks, and if you find yourself climbing something too tough then you probably missed a duck. there is one place, near the top, where a duck suggests climbing something which is probably low class 4... you want to go to the right, there are more ducks, and short traverse before you climb again. i considered moving this duck but there really didn't seem to be a better place for it...

the drive in is very rocky, and you will want hi-clearance, but i don't know that 4wd is absolutely necessary. based on my flat tire at signal peak i was moving slowly, and i took the extra precaution of dropping tire pressure (live, learn). there are three gates that you'll need to open/close, but they don't seem to be locked. on my outbound drive i ended up just behind a caravan of 5 jeeps... and when i returned to the trailhead after the hike i'd see 3 pickup trucks drive by. i guess there's something popular further along that road.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2289 ft / 697 m
    Extra Gain:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.1 km
    Trailhead:1699 ft / 517 m
    Grade/Class:class 3
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 24 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 10 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dean Gaudet
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