Castle Peak Trail

Tahoe National Forest, California

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain1,637ft
Trailhead Elevation7,961ft
Top9,095ft
Elevation Min/Max7893/9095ft
Elevation Start/End7961/7961ft

Castle Peak Trail

Castle Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Nevada County, California. It is within Tahoe National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 7,961 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,637 feet. The Castle Pass (elevation 7,881 feet) saddle can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Castle Peak (elevation 9,098 feet). This trail connects with the following: Hole in the Ground.

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Top Trails Lake Tahoe (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"A climb to one of North Tahoe’s highest summits provides summiteers with an expansive view of the northern Sierra, which on clear days includes distant Lassen Peak in the north and the coastal hills to the west."
Sierra North: Backcountry Trips in California's Sierra Nevada (Wilderness Press)
Kathy Morey & Mike White with Stacy Corless & Thomas Winnett
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"While the elevation gain and loss experienced along this route requires hikers to be in good physical condition, the rewards of incomparable views, picturesque lakes, vibrant wildflowers, and exquisite scenery more than make up for the extra effort. Additional cross-country routes to the summits of Basin or Castle peaks and plenty of connecting trails provide tantalizing ways to extend your visit to these lands."
"Although most of this route travels outside the proposed Castle Peak Wilderness, plenty of pleasant terrain is encountered along the way, including two picturesque meadows and an excellent view from atop Andesite Peak. Both Castle and Round meadows offer the chance to see raptors in search of prey or deer browsing the tender foliage. Throw in the Peter Grubb Hut for a bit of Tahoe Sierra history and you have the makings of a fine adventure."
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"A climb to one of North Tahoe’s highest summits gives summiteers an expansive view of the northern Sierra, which on clear days includes distant Lassen Peak in the north and the coastal hills of California to the west. Castle Peak and the neighboring mountains are mostly volcanic in nature, offering an abundance of interesting-looking ramparts, turrets, and “castles.” Unlike much of the Tahoe Sierra to the south, where glacier-scoured granitic rocks hold a bevy of lakes, the relatively porous volcanic rocks in this area offer relatively few lakes."

Castle Peak Trail Trip Reports

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7/12/2018
Great hike with fantastic panoramic views. We began at Castle Pass. As the trees start to disappear the views get increasingly more awesome. It gets pretty steep and there is a fun scramble to the summit but it isn't a really difficult hike. I will do this one again when I am in the Tahoe area. Trekking poles are helpful for the descent.
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1/15/2011
Great experience for my first snowshoe trip, weather was excellent, people along the trail were very friendly and the trail was well mapped out.
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3/31/2008
Late Winter/Early Spring conditions...overcast and chilly with light flurries for 2 days provided for "light dust on unbreakable crust!"

Skiied off the back of Castle Peak and right into the Grubb Hut to warm our bones and fill our bellies with lunch.

Afterwards we went to what i think is Andesite Ridge towards Andesite Peak to ski down into the trail which was really nice. Round trip 3 - 3.5 hours.
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3/27/2003
Yesterdays rain followed by freezing temps overnight brought up perfect, smooth, corn snow on the south facing flank by 10am.
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Trail Information

Tahoe National Forest
Nearby City
Tahoe National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Snowboarding
Additional Use
Views
Features
Donner Summit California State Snopark
Local Contacts

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