Elevation: 11,815 ft
Castle Peak is found on page 224 to 226.
Castle Peak may not 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 state’s top ten peaks when it comes to the “beauty” category. I hope the following photos document my opinion. I climbed the peak’s Big Gully Route, which is a classic in my opinion, but it involves a longer access. There are also five photos for 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 Crosscountry 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.
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