North Castle Peak


 

Trip Details
Mountain Range: 
Mountain Subrange: 
Attained Summit?: 
Yes
Trip Date: 
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Summit Elevation (m): 
2,327
Summit Elevation (ft): 
7,635
Elevation Gain (m): 
980
Total Distance (km): 
17.00
Difficulty Notes: 

No difficulties other than finding where exactly the summit is in the trees... ;)

Map
Trip Report

Before completing Nugara's alternate descent from Mount Gladstone, we enjoyed some more hands-on scrambling to the summit of North Castle. It was difficult to determine where exactly the high point on this bump was, but we probably got pretty close to the highest one, without climbing a tree.

 


[Keith continues down the south ridge of Gladstone towards North Castle Peak - the treed ridge at right.]


[The slopes to North Castle from the col.]


[Looking back up Gladstone from the col.]


[Looking towards the summit - we have to briefly lose a bit of height on the traverse.]


[Sublime views looking down our descent valley with Victoria Peak on the right.]


[Looking back at our easy descent slope.]


[Keith laughing at the fact that we have no idea how to find the summit in the trees!]


[We found it! (We think...)]


[Heading back down with Gladstone rising in front of us here.]

 

The rest of the descent was fast. We got a bit of rain but it actually felt nice and cool and there was no lightening or hail so that was good. We rebuilt the cairn on the way out and enjoyed the many wild flowers and an incredible butterfly before getting back to "Joe's Camp" and driving home to Calgary.

 


[Back in the lush valley.]


[A washout along the trail.]


[Green forested trail.]


[Wild Trillium]


[Some great mountain views even on the hike out.]


[We saw this cairn, but the one on the other side was knocked over. You can't really see the trail on the other side very easily, but it's open gravel flats on the other side instead of thick forest, that may help you find the trail. The terrain isn't the only colorful thing in the Castle area.]


[This butterfly made my day! I think it's a Swallowtail but I'm not sure.]


[The sun comes out as we approach "Joe's Camp" and our parking spot.]

 

A recommended scramble for a nice two peak day with colors you wouldn't think possible in the Rockies. Just make sure you use your GPS and Nugara's grid references and pay attention to your map so you know where the heck the mountain is... ;)

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