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Castle Peak

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The highest mountain in the Elk range with a fun permanent snow field.
Near:Aspen, CO
Distance:3 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1800 ft
Hike Time:3 hours
Trail Condition:Poorly maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: 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.
Trailhead: From the rotary intersection on the West end of Aspen take Castle Creek road south. Follow this road past the town of Ashcroft until you reach the road closed sign. Turn right here onto the 4wd Montezuma Mine road. This road takes a good 4wd to reach the end. Follow the road until it ends at a parking lot at 12,400 feet.
(Lat:39.01942 Lon:-106.84821)

Trail Guides for Castle Peak:
Colorados Fourteeners
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)

Dawsons Guide to Colorados Fourteeners Nothern Peaks
by Louis Dawson  (Blue Cover Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Aspen Ranger Station 970-925-3445
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted  97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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