Castle Peak via Montezuma Basin

Trip Date:Jun-28-2002
Trailhead Name:Montezuma Basin 4WD
Trailhead Elevation:12,620 Feet
Elevation Gain:1,620 Feet
Route Name:Northeast Ridge
Round Trip Length:2.0 Miles
Trip Duration:3h 30m
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Castle Peak

Elevation:14,265 Feet Castle Peak
Rank:12th of 54
Range:Elk
A view from the Montezuma Basin area at 12,600 feet. Other climbers hike up the snow and talus slope. Our goal: Castle Peak (center) - Elevation 14,265 Feet
A view from the Montezuma Basin area at 12,600 feet. Other climbers hike up the snow and talus slope. Our goal: Castle Peak (center) - Elevation 14,265 Feet
Conundrum Peak - not a 14er even though it is over 14,000 feet. The Northeast Ridge to Castle Peak. The final pitch up to the summit.
Conundrum Peak - not a 14er even though it is over 14,000 feet. The Northeast Ridge to Castle Peak. The final pitch up to the summit.
Looking back on the ridge, you can spot a climber enroute. The Maroon Bells/Pyramid group, with Snowmass behind. Brian on Castle Peak  - his 28th.
Looking back on the ridge, you can spot a climber enroute. The Maroon Bells/Pyramid group, with Snowmass behind. Brian on Castle Peak - his 28th.
The Elk Mountains contain lots of colored peaks. Another climber we met - Sean from Indianapolis. Looking back on the Northeast Ridge route.
The Elk Mountains contain lots of colored peaks. Another climber we met - Sean from Indianapolis. Looking back on the Northeast Ridge route.
More climbers (and dogs) reach the summit of Castle Peak. A nice couple from Carbondale at the summit. A climber descends the Northwest ridge enroute to Conundrum.
More climbers (and dogs) reach the summit of Castle Peak. A nice couple from Carbondale at the summit. A climber descends the Northwest ridge enroute to Conundrum.
The remains of the Montezuma Mine and surrounding cliffs.
The remains of the Montezuma Mine and surrounding cliffs.