Elevation: 11,477 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak’s southeast ridge is on Page 284 of the book. Supplementary beta is found below. Updated September 2018
Rick Baugher likely made the first ascent of this cliffy giant. Use the link below to read his trip report. Rick calls the peak “The Moat” because of its “proximity to Castle Peak and being surrounded by a natural moat of cliff fortifications and a rubble stream bed.” USGS Massacre Mountain
Dave Pahlas described his climb up the Class 3+ Southeast Ridge as follows:
“From the meadow, we headed up the forested slopes, and eventually found pieces of a very old trail heading up to the saddle north of Castle Peak. In the distance, we could see about a dozen bighorn sheep grazing below the saddle. We watched them traverse north. We then headed up to the saddle, where we were met with a stiff breeze. The route up The Moat didn’t look too bad, so up we went. The rock was loose in places and the terrain was cliffy in others, so we had fun route-finding along the way to the top. Views from the summit were excellent. Of particular interest was the North Face of USGS Peak, in plain view to the south. After a lunch break, we made a careful descent down the ridge, and then pieced together the trail back to our big packs.”
Dave’s complete trip report is linked below.