Ascent of Castle Rock on 2015-11-24

Climber: Dan Krueger

Date:Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Castle Rock
    Elevation:5350 ft / 1630 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at the parking area 6.3 miles down Harris Creek Rd from Highway 55. First crossed the stream and hiked directly up the STEEP slope to the ridge and followed it all the way to the rock. I later found out that you follow the path until just before entering the forest and the U-shaped turn in the trail. Before that point, make your way up to the ridge and follow it up to Castle Rock (this was our descent path as shown in the GPS file). It was very dense brush, so some bushwhacking was required.

The rock is very crumbly and coated with lichen. Made it about 2/3 way to the summit and hit a dead end - a totally exposed 8-10 foot vertical crack. Running out of time and with the weather was turning bad, decided to live another day, and climbed down. This is supposed to be a class 4 climb, but my route was too dangerous to free climb and bordering on class 5. I need to return another day and see if there is a safer way to the summit. It's on the bucket list now as I know of others who have free climbed it.
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North face of Castle Rock (2015-11-24). Photo by Dan Krueger.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1630 ft / 496 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:See GPS
    Trailhead:Harris Creek Rd, 6.3 mi from Hwy 55  3720 ft / 1133 m
    Grade/Class:Class 4
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Cold, windy, snow on descent
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Krueger
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