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Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak

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Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak ist ein 12.3 Meilen langer, moderat besuchter Hin- und Rückweg in der Nähe von Aspen, Colorado. Er führt vorbei an herrlichen Aussichtspunkten und es gibt schöne Wildblumen. Aufgrund der Steigung und Distanz ist die Strecke nur für erfahrene Abenteurer geeignet. Es gibt verschiedene Aktivitätsmöglichkeiten. Die Route ist am besten von März bis November zugänglich. Hunde und Pferde sind auf dem Weg erlaubt.

Entfernung: 12.3 miles Höhenunterschied: 4,990 feet Routentyp: Hin & zurück

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Wildblumen

The highest mountain in the Elk range with a fun permanent snow field. From the parking lot hike up into the basin across the snow fields. The easiest route is to stay on the left side of the basin and do an ascending traverse along the snow. When you enter the basin that is just below Castle Peaks summit look to your left and you will see a strong trail that leads to Castles NE ridge. Take this trail to the ridge, then follow the ridge proper the rest of the way to the summit. Several trails lead off to one side or the other of the ridge that appear easier at first, don't be fooled stay on the top of the ridge.

wandern
3 months ago

almost died. would recommend. don't drive past the bridge.

wandern
4 months ago

These were a great couple of peaks to summit. It was a challenging haul as we started a little over a mile from the 2WD trailhead. There are 9 dispersed campsites that are available. My C-RV made it to number 9. You can park much higher at 12,800 feet, but this territory belongs to non-stock Jeep Wranglers. We saw a couple of pickups turn around. However, campsite 9 was quite nice, and there is a lot of extra firewood cut up from avalanche debris. We started hiking at 515 am and were glad we did. A storm rolled in early afternoon. There isn’t anything too technical, but there are some aspects that just require a little extra concentration. At this time in the year some of the rock is frosted, therefore slippery, in the early morning. I wouldn’t say it is a safety concern though. Once we summited Castle, it took 90 minutes to return from Conumdrum. The only brutal part of this hike was the boulder field on your way down to the upper 4WD lot. We were fortunate enough to get a ride down from a sick Jeep as the storm was rolling in on us when we got out of the boulder field. Cheers!

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steinig
4 months ago

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4 months ago

aufgezeichnet Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak

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wandern
5 months ago

Amazing. Drive up has its two worst sections after a bridge by a small waterfall. If you have 4wd and HIGH clearance you can get past it than the road gets easy after that such that any AWD could handle. But those two spots might be impassable with normal clearance. Check a photo map if you can for accurate trail choices towards the top- May save ya some sketchy sections. Glissading down from the saddle between peaks is doable but there are more rocks towards the bottom than meets the eye! Just shuffle on your bum from the saddle to the snow and be careful of falling rocks. Maintain control when you glissade or it can get out of hand quick! Overall- my two favorite 14ers yet!!

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5 months ago

Hiked on 8/10. Camping - we saw lots of nice looking dispersed camping right off of the road on the way up the trail. It seemed like if your vehicle can make it up a little ways, you shouldn’t ever have trouble finding a spot to park and pitch your tent. Road - leave your 2wd and sedans at the base because the road is pretty rough. We were able to drive my Subaru Crosstrek to about 11,150 feet making this closer to 7 miles round trip. We saw a 4Runner and some jeeps further up the road, but it’s pretty dicey at times. Trail - we accidentally got off trail very early after the road ended and ended up doing a class 3+ ascent to the ridge of Castle. The real trail is covered in snow at the bottom so pay attention to where you’re trying to go and it might be worth bringing spikes. According to other people on the summit, even the classic route is not super easy to follow so it’s worth downloading a map. The traverse between Castle and Conundrum is pretty straightforward and the hike up from the saddle to Conundrum is much faster than it looks. However, looking back up at Castle does not make you want to descend over it again... Glissading - SO MUCH FUN! Despite what other reviewers have said, everyone we saw chose to descend by glissading without issue or injury. There were loose rocks on the hiking descent to the start of the first slide, so be careful for folks below, and there were some rocks near the bottom of the first glissade that you need to stop and exit off of the snowfield before hitting. Also, there doesn’t really appear to be a defined trail between glissades (we hit two large and one smaller slide on our way down), so again a map would be helpful here. There are cairns closer to the bottom. All in all this was a fun climb with beautiful views! The terrain even on the main trail was definitely a “hard” class 2 (bordering on class 3 at times). The glissading added a touch more fun and adventure than your average 14er. My seasoned 14er pup only needed help a few times with some steeper pitches, and we saw another dog having a great time as well. With a little planning and attention to detail, this is a moderate, fun, beautiful climb!

wandern
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6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! Beautiful trail with not a lot of traffic. Views are great and the scramble at the top adds a fun adventurous aspect to the trail.

wandern
7 months ago

DO NOT BRING YOUR HOUSECAT TO THIS TRAIL WITHOUT A HARNESS!

Wed Sep 05 2018

Challenging trail for beginners... very interesting and incredible views.

Offroad fahren
Mon Aug 13 2018

We hiked both Castle and Conundrum on Saturday, August 11th and the conditions were perfect! I noted in the activity “off road driving” , because my review is trying to give what I think is a more accurate description of the road up to Montezuma Basin. We rented a stock (bare-bones) Jeep Wrangler with street tires on it and drove all the way to the top of Montezuma Basin (around 12,800 ft). Many of the reviews we read stated the road was too difficult to drive. Our plan was to drive as far as we could and then park. I would agree four wheel drive is a must, but with careful wheel placement/driving it is actually not that difficult. My husband is an experienced 4x4 trail driver, so if that describes you, I would recommend driving up as far as you can go. My only complaint of the trail is hiking on an old road is lame, so it was fun to drive up as far as we could. Doing this also cut out about 10 miles round trip, which on this particular trail was welcomed. Not the prettiest scenery along the trail we’ve seen, although the views from the summit are spectacular.

wandern
Sun Jul 29 2018

A great day, but it would have been better if we’d had a high clearance 4x4 to drive further up the road. We drove to a beautiful campsite about 1.3 miles up the road and hiked from there after sleeping the night before. The initial several miles are on a Jeep road that continually deteriorates as you climb. Once we reached the end of the road the real fun began. We had a fun snow climb up the right side of the snowfield. Steep, like climbing an expert ski run. We then picked up the trail and reached the ridge up Castle. Definitely follow the advice to stay in the ridge. I got sucked into following a trail to the right and had to climb a nasty, steep, and loose couloir to regain the ridge. Once I got back to the ridge it was easy going to the top. We then descended to the connecting saddle and climbed Conundrum, as well. The descent from the connecting saddle into the basin is loose and has a risk of rockfall after the snow melts out (like yesterday). The hike out the road to our campsite was long but went well. All in all, a great day!

wandern
Sat Jul 14 2018

Relatively terrifying. Decent amount of exposure and loose rock. Unfortunately this trail is wearing down badly making it a little more difficult. Huge thanks to the ladies who picked my friend and I up and drove us up the 4x4 road to save us some time, and thank you to the more experienced climbers out there who helped us find a safe route down from the summit. Good luck getting up this road even with 4WD— you’re going to need pretty high clearance on this one. I would also recommend prior experience on 14ers, unless you’re fearless.

Laufen
Tue Aug 22 2017

pretty lame trail... its a rocky jeep road almost all the way up until the last 1000ft

wandern
Mon Oct 03 2016

Did a combined trail of Conundrum and Castle Peak. More technical than I was expecting (narrow ledges and scrambling). There was a lot of loose dirt and rock, which made it difficult to hike without slipping. However, there was a huge snowpack we slid down to cut off some mileage, which was amazing. Definitely worth it to bag two 14ers.

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