Castle Peak

Photo of Castle Peak

Photo by Alex C. Zaragoza

Details

Elevation (feet): 14,265
Elevation (meters): 4,348
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Elk Range Area
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.0097
Longitude: -106.861
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1873
First successful climber(s): Hayden Survey
Nearest major airport: Aspen
Convenient Center: Aspen

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Description

Castle Peak is the highest peak in Colorado's Elk Range, and is the easiest of the six fourteeners to climb. A rough four-wheel-drive road leads to around 12,800 feet, but most people start well below that. The standard route is the Montezuma Glacier, a permanent snowfield between Castle and Conundrum Peaks. An ice axe is recommended year round for this route. Many people also climb Conundrum Peak (14,060 feet), but it does not rise far enough above the saddle to be considered an "official" fourteener.

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for this description.