Castle Peak Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 1,768' 539 m
Descent: -1,768' -539 m
High: 9,008' 2,746 m
Low: 7,285' 2,220 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 45% (24°)
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“A relatively easy climb to a grand high point in the northern Sierra.”— Nick Wilder
Alternatively, if you have a high-clearance vehicle, you can drive a portion of the Castle Valley Road and shorten this hike a bit.
From the busy intersection, start right up the west ridge of Castle Peak, where you'll transition to the Castle Peak Trail. Trees diminish and the views get grand, both of this peak and the entire region. A steep and rocky scramble gets you to the final summit, with 360-degree views. On clear days, you can see Mount Diablo in the bay area, the snow-covered Lassen Peak way to the north, and all the mountains that ring Lake Tahoe.
Once you've enjoyed the views provided at the top, head back down the way that you came to return to the parking area, and your vehicle.
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