Snowshoeing in the Castle Peak area accross from Boreal.

We will do the easy part of this hike. It is a good one if you are new to snowshoeing.
The trail to Castle Peak is 6.5 miles round trip. To get to the actual summit for Castle Peak would likely require snowshoes and is rated hard. However, the first part of the trail is a gentle uphill slope ideal for cross country skis or snowshoes. The trail initially leads to a saddle below Castle Peak. There are excellent views from the saddle. When you reach the saddle you then follow the ridge east to Castle Peak. It is this section of the trail that would be considered hard. The elevation gain to the summit is 1800 feet, from 7200 to 9000 feet.

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  • Helen F.

    What a great day! Thanks, Ben, for organizing this.

    February 15, 2014

  • Ben V.

    Great weather, even better company.

    February 15, 2014

  • Ben V.

    The saturday weather for boreal is 35 to 40 degrees with 10 mph winds. No rain forecast but be prepared.

    February 14, 2014

  • Skycall

    I was on the trail today. Did not go to the top because of high winds.

    February 14, 2014

  • Ben V.

    We will go unless it is raining hard. Bring a rain jacket just in case for wind and rain.

    February 13, 2014

  • Sheila S

    I have to drop out. My dog is being boarded in 1.5 weeks and the facility called me to tell me she is due for some of her vaccines. So I'm going to need to go to the veterinarian on Saturday. Have fun ya'll. I hope the weather holds up for you.

    February 13, 2014

  • Gail Y.

    I heard this area has high wind warning for Saturday. If the weather moves in is this going to be still happening?

    February 13, 2014

  • Monique v.

    I am unable to join the group:( I would love to join you next time around.

    February 11, 2014

  • casie

    Wont be able to make this trip. Would enjoy attending another time.

    February 11, 2014

  • Pearl

    I'll go if I get clearance from my doctor (2 months out of surgery right now). I can drive if I'm going. Leaving from El Dorado Hills.

    February 10, 2014

  • Angela C.

    I'm living in the S. Natomas area. Is there someone I may carpool with?

    February 9, 2014

  • Marilyn

    Is there someone I may carpool with too? I'm happy to pay the usual for gas. I do need to know if there is a ride before I rent snowshoes next week.

    February 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like a great time. I already had plans prior but would like to join you on the next trek. Love the outdoor activity like this.

    February 6, 2014

  • Monique v.

    I need to carpool....i live in Auburn by the foresthill exit (by Raleys). Anybody coming this way?
    I am nervous... never having been snowshoeing. Having turned 60 this week, I am running toward my fears!!!! Hallelujah!!!! A new season!!!!
    I am liking the group pace... "turtle trekkers"!!!!!

    February 5, 2014

    • Ben V.

      Snowshoeing is fun. If you can walk you can snowshoe. Someone should be able to pick you up there in the parking lot. This my last year of my 50's.:-)

      February 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sad I have to miss this date.

    February 3, 2014

  • Beth L.

    This will my first snowshoe trip. Coming from Cameron Park anyone want to ride together. I have no experience driving in the snow so car pooling is desired. Thanks Ben this sounds like a great trip. I picked up trekking poles at Costco and will rent snowshoes at REI
    What time should we be at the Starbucks?

    February 1, 2014

  • Marilyn

    This will be my first time to snowshoe. It this outing recommended for a first timer? I don't want to hold the group up. What is the estimated return time?

    1 · January 31, 2014

    • Ben V.

      This will be a good first time snowshoeing hike. We will probably get back between 2 or 3. We will stop for a lunch break where we turn around. We're not going to be in a hurry. We are turtle trekkers after all. :-) Ben

      February 1, 2014

  • Helen F.

    Sounds great! I live in Davis; anyone want to carpool from here or meet in Sacramento to carpool?

    January 31, 2014

  • Ben V.

    We will meet in the Boreal parking lot at 9:00 am on February 15th nearest to the road so we won't have such a long walk across the the road to the north side of 80. We can carpool from the Starbucks at 4819 Granite Drive
    Rocklin, CA 95677 in enough time to be at Boreal at 9. REI is a great place to rent what you need. Let me know if you have any questions.

    January 31, 2014

  • Nancy B.

    Had to bow out. Weekends don't work for me, but look forward to another snowshoe adventure for beginners.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • kathy P.

    Hope we don't have to go all the way if our legs say no!

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Sheila S

    I was just in Soda Springs this weekend. We got about 5 inches of beautiful snow! But they are due for record high temps this week with no precip in sight. Keep your fingers crossed and do your snow dance!

    1 · January 13, 2014

  • Diana

    I'll be there as soon as we have a date. I hope we still have snow in Feb. I live in the Carson Valley east of the Sierras. I hope there is more snow on the other side than what we've seen sofar.

    January 13, 2014

  • Rebecca

    When?

    January 12, 2014

    • Ben V.

      Feb 1st or 8th?

      January 13, 2014

  • Beth L.

    I have never snow shoed, reading below seems like I could rent shoes/poles, anything else I can do to prepare?

    January 12, 2014

    • Ben V.

      Layered clothing depending on the weather.

      January 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to do this when we have enough snow! I'll go a ways up from the saddle but probably not to the peak.

    January 12, 2014

  • Ben V.

    We can carpool from the Starbucks at hazel near 50. Hopefully beginning of February

    1 · January 12, 2014

  • Rebecca E.

    I have rented snow shoes from REI, as well as the poles. This is a great way to get out and enjoy God's beauty! Thanks, Ben!

    January 12, 2014

  • Monique v.

    I need to carpool also

    January 12, 2014

  • Monique v.

    As far as the schedule , for me personally I cannot agree that any snowshoeing dates before February

    January 12, 2014

  • Monique v.

    I will be a beginning snowshoer:)

    January 12, 2014

  • Marilyn

    I'm very interested if this would be on a Sat. or Sun. I've been wanting to try snow shoeing. I'm assuming I would rent them at REI? I'd also want to carpool since I've never driven in the snow. Although, with the way the weather has been, it may not be an issue.

    January 11, 2014

    • Ben V.

      It will most likely be on a Saturday. And yes rei is a great to rent them, and poles unless you have them. Carpool for sure.:-)

      January 11, 2014

  • Sara N.

    Depends on what day, but would love to if I'm available.

    January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to snow shoeing ….

    January 11, 2014

  • Diana

    Let me know when. I'm interested.

    January 11, 2014

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