Start Time 7.45am (at the trailhead)
Distance 13-14 miles
Elevation Gain at around 4000 feet
Difficulty strenous for advanced / regular hikers only!!
Speed my hikes are usually going at a good speed.
Meetup Fee $ 1
Organizer Chris J
****The hike is not open for sign up yet, I will send out an e mail once the waitlist is open****
The trailhead is about 2hrs and 20 min from Walnut Creek, The hike will include some OFF TRAIL hiking,
,HOW TO SIGN UP add to the waitlist and answer my questions, I will add hikers based on answers, no show history, if I know you, etc. No answer to my questions won't get you added to the hike
castle pass, up Castle peak, hike off trail along the ridge to summit peak, off trail down into the basin and catch the warren lake trail, a short side trip to devils oven lake overlook, follow warren lake to summit trail, possible short side trip to frog lake overlook, follow summit trail down to PCT and connector trails back to parking
Map link Castle peak and warren lake map in the files section.
**TRAIL CONDITIONS, WHAT TO EXPECT*** IMPORTANT NOTES*
THE TRAILS HAVE SOME STEEP UP AND DOWN SECTIONS***some steep sections are slippery, good footwear are a must, Hiking poles can help.
**MUDDY WET TRAILS**** some sections
,, ***OFF TRAIL SCRAMBLE*** part of the hike will be off trail. ****
WATER make sure to bring plenty of water, recommend 3 liters
****Don't forget the usual, food, snacks, sunscreen, hat, windbreaker etc. *** Group needs to stay together***
****BUGS*** time for the mosqitos to come out, be prepared***
Flowers, this is one of my fav. wildflower hikes, I have done it since '07 every year, however there is no guarantee that it will be like the prev years, always depends on snow level / weather etc, when the peak bloom time is.
Pic's from prev hikes (some are earlier in the year, some later), I do expect little snow, prev. years we had more snow late into the year.
there could be one *glissadingopportunity I may climb up and do it more than once
I will have the usual waiver/sign in sheet with me to sign in before the hike http://files.meetup.com/220424/Super_Fabulicious_waiver_sign-in.pdf
Directions to Trailhead
Take Hwy 80 all the way past Soda Springs and exit at Castle Peak/ Boreal Ridge Road (should be exit number 176), turn right and take the next left, and drive parallel (going east) to the hwy for about 0.3 miles until you reach the parking lot for the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail). The large parking lot has pit toilets and running water in season. Look for my red saturn vue
google link to approx. parking lot. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=&daddr=39.339874,-120.343959&hl=en&geocode=&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=16&sll=39.341334,-120.346169&sspn=0.011268,0.00663&am...
Carpool, I probably have room for 2 e mail me if interested.