Conundrum Couloir (Snow Route)
ElevationAscent: 740' 226 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 13,991' 4,264 m
Low: 13,251' 4,039 m
GradeAvg Grade: 40% (22°)
Max Grade: 74% (37°)
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“An excellent couloir climb or ski/glissade alternative in the spring.”— Tyler Prince
While a dog can do the standard routes on Castle and Conundrum, leave Fido at home if you plan on Conundrum Couloir.
Leave the Castle Peak trail at around 13,100 ft, angling to the right of Montezuma Basin. Walking along the eastern side of Conundrum Peak. Come to a couloir in less than a quarter mile and just about 200-300 ft of gain. This is more or less impossible to miss: it's the giant gully to the right. Climb up a 40-50 degree chute for about 500-600 vertical feet as the gully narrows. There will be rock bands on either side, and if snow cover is low, loose rock at the top.
Come to the top of the gully, possibly cresting a cornice. From here, continue about 50-100 ft to the right over to the Conundrum Peak summit. Turn around for a glissade/ski descent, or take the Conundrum Peak trail, heading up and over Castle Peak, or simply descend into Montezuma Basin on foot or glissade.
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