Elevation: 11,815 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is on Pages 224-226 of the book.
Castle Peak doesn’t reach 12,000 feet but it is every bit as impressive and as difficult to climb as the 12ers. It is also, in my opinion, one of the Idaho’s Top Ten Peaks when it comes to beauty. I hope that the following photos support my opinion. I climbed the peak’s Big Gully Route, which is a classic, but it involves a longer access. There are five photos of the Big Gully Route farther down the page.
The more popular route climbs the peak’s Southwest Face. Use the links below to read trip reports from John Platt, Dave Pahlas, Dan Robbins and Tom Cox (all used Southwest Gully variations) with additional information that will help you summit this beauty. Read Tom Cox’s article on the Chamberlain Basin Cross-Country Route to learn about a shortcut to the South Side of the peak. Unfortunately, there has been one death on the peak involving a rare Summertime avalanche. Please take the time to read the report when doing your research to learn from this unfortunate accident. USGS Boulder Chain Lakes
Big Gully Route
I climbed the peak via this route which combines a backpacking approach to Lake 9419 with an excellent, roundabout approach from the lake to the Big Gully.
Mountain Range: White Cloud Mountains
Year Climbed: 1985
First Ascent Information:
- First Ascent Year: 1912
- Season: Summer
- Route: Unknown
- Party: T.M. Bannon
- Other First Ascent: First Winter Ascent
- Year: 1971
- Season: Winter
- Party: Ron Watters, Ike Gayfield, j. Hokum, H. Gilbert, S. Schaffer and J. Elphinston