New Meetup: Castle Peak, Conundrum, and the Conundrum Hot Springs

From: Jason M.
Sent on: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 2:18 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado 14ers!

What: Castle Peak, Conundrum, and the Conundrum Hot Springs

When: Friday, September 24,[masked]:00 AM

Where: TRex pakring lot
exit 259 off I70
Golden, CO 80401

Save this weekend 09-24 - 09-26 for a hike up to Conundrum Hot Springs and an ascent of Castle Peak and Conundrum Peak. If I have timed this right we should be able to enjoy the full array of beautiful color from the Aspens as they change color for the fall. Friday morning we will meet and make the drive to Aspen. Pack light as after arriving at the trailhead we will have to backpack in 8.5 miles and through 2700 feet of elevation gain. Saturday morning we will make an ascent of Castle and Conundrum from the West. There is no cairned route as far as I know and definitely no trail, so we will most likely climb scree to Conundrum Peak and follow the ridge on to Castle Peak from there. Bring your trekking poles! Following our descent we will lounge in the hot springs and enjoy the scenery as the landscape transforms around us. Sunday morning we will very leisurely break camp and make the return hike to the trailhead and back to civilization.

More details to come, but this should be enough to iron out some plans. Be excited!

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