Castle Peak

Castle Peak is the throat of an ancient volcano and its three turrets are easily visible form nearby Interstate 80 at Donner Summit. Just as Donner Peak overlooks the original Donner Pass (old HWY 40) and is popular with skiers, hikers and climbers, Castle Peak overlooks the newer pass (I-80)

This is a 6.2 mile out and back trail rated as hard as per with some class 3 rock scrambling.

Elevation gain is 1903 ft.

Approx. 3 hour hike time.

Take Interstate 80 to the Castle Peak/Boreal Ridge exit. In the winter it is often necessary to park at either the Sno-Park or the Boreal Ridge parking lot. Both are on the south side of the freeway. Otherwise everyone just parks on the road to the north of the freeway exit where it is paved, free and often crowded.

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  • Beatrice

    Beautiful mountain, views, trail, hikers. Had a wonderful time. Thank you Robyn for organizing. Thank you Del for giving us a ride there and back.

    August 4, 2013

  • Brandy

    Sorry didn't cancel before hike. Last minute obligation came up. Will update next time.

    August 3, 2013

  • Dan B.

    Wished I could have made it. I admit I signed up late but I've had luck with carpooling in the past late in the game. We can always dream, can't wee?

    August 3, 2013

  • chris k.

    sorry Robyn,.head cold I have had all week is not going to let me go ...I so wanted too...maybe see you tomorrow...maybe...head feels like an anvil right now...

    August 3, 2013

  • cherl

    Get to work

    August 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm leaving from Auburn. See you at the trail head about 10:30.

    August 3, 2013

  • Dan B.

    I could use a ride from Midtown Sac. Could meet halfway within reason. I can pitch in with gas/coffee/etc.

    August 2, 2013

  • marbar

    I will be trailhead 9:30ish.

    August 2, 2013

    • Robyn S.

      Mrs. Bar we will be leaving Sunsplash at around 9:10 so I think it takes about 1 1/2 hrs to get there.

      August 2, 2013

    • rick

      so , Like 10 : 45 @ the trail head ? Rick

      August 2, 2013

  • Victoria J.

    Apologies for the late turn-around. So Sorry. Have fun without me!

    August 2, 2013

  • annieciao

    Hi there,
    Iam not sure I can make It to the peak but would like to try as long as it's ok to go as far as I can go. I would be happy to hang out on the saddle and wait. Thanks.

    July 28, 2013

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