Ascent to Castle Peak-west turret on 2013-12-14
|Others in Party:||Nathan Bolger|
|Date:||Saturday, December 14, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||No Summit Goal|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
|Point Reached:||Castle Peak - west turret|
| Elevation:||9030 ft / 2752 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWith this being the first trip I've taken since injuring my knee, we chose this as a relaxed route with no real objective in mind. Ground had 12-18" of powder, and with perfect, sunny weather, we had a gorgeous, fun day. I think this is a fantastic introductory winter route if you're ever looking to give someone a sample of what winter cross-country/mountaineering is like. The angles aren't very steep, and the views are great.
Nathan and I left San Jose at 4am and were on the trail by 9am with stops for breakfast and gear. Grabbed Sno-Park passes from the Boreal Inn and parked at the Sno-Park area in front of the Inn on the south side of I-80. From there, we took the Hole in the Ground trail up to Castle Pass and then Castle Peak's west ridge. A popular route, the path leading to Castle Ridge had been packed down pretty well by the week's snowshoe/cross-country traffic. Only after Castle Pass did we don snowshoes. As you might've read, Castle Peak consists of 3 "turrets", each of which gets progressively higher as you go east, with the 3rd one being the proper highpoint.
From the west, the eastern turret appears, at a distance, to be class 4+. After reading about it at home, there's apparently an easier class 3 route is on the opposite (east/south) side, out of view. Either way, my knee was in no condition for a class 3 ascent. We enjoyed a long lunch and took our time heading down.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2230 ft / 678 m|
| Extra Gain:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7 mi / 11.3 km|
| Route:||Hole in the Ground; Castle Pass; west ridge|
| Trailhead:||Sno Park Parking Lot 7200 ft / 2194 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, Clear|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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