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TBD: Castle Peak Day hike on Snowshoes or skis

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    Time for snow! 

    Castle Peak is one of the easiest peaks to try for in the winter.   It's about 3-1/2 miles to the summit, but the last part gets pretty steep. However, you can turn back anytime, and the first 2 miles are rather easy.

    Here is map of the trail, trailhead, and parking.

    You must park across the freeway from the trailhead.  You could try to park at Boreal for free, or you can park in the Snow Park parking just past the Boreal Inn.  Please remember that you must have a Snow Park permit to park there.  Here is a link to the web site for ordering an annual Snow Park permit for $25, and you can also buy them at REI and other retailers::

    Meet at the trailhead on the north side of the freeway at 10:15am ready to hit the trail.  Bring a lunch, plenty of water, sunglasses and sunscreen among other things.  Dogs are ok and welcome.  Weather could be anything from snowing  and windy to calm and warm sunshine, so be prepared.

    Snow surface could be hard pack that you can walk on in boots, or it could be deep fresh powder requiring snowshoes AND gaiters.

    Here is a link to Sierra Hot Springs for those that want to go there afterward:

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  • Owen M.

    Hot springs sound like fun!


  • Maribel

    Ok let's see, I live in Petaluma and I would love to ride with someone. I can drive as far as Sacramento and help pay for gas. I have done snowshoe only once in my life long time ago, I guess I will need to rent the snowshoe? And bring snow clothes? Are we going to the hot springs afterwards? :):)

    5 days ago

    • Stu G

      you are on your own as far as gear..:-) No plans to go to Sierra Hot Springs afterward.

      3 days ago

  • colleenwhalen

    Is there a carpool originating in Sacramento?

    November 19

    • Todd n.

      I'm also down. I wouldn't mind drive if we split the parking cost.

      November 24

    • Florrie

      I'd need a ride, and more than glad to share gas and parking cost. I'll be snowshoeing, and not sure if I can make it to the peak, but I'll sure try :)

      November 30

  • Stu G

    Gotta love government. SnoPark permits are available at REI now, but the web site still doesn't have them available to order online.

    November 27

  • Stu G

    Here's spot weather for our hike location if you want to keep track of it:

    November 25

  • Stu G

    I would encourage you to arrange carpools ahead of time. It avoids unforeseen complications at the last minute..:-) Some people may not make it to the peak, while others might go all the way, so be mindful of those differences when picking a ride!

    November 25

  • Stu G

    Had to change this to Sunday the 18th. Probably more snow by then anyway..:-)

    November 18

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    I am an adventure person by heart, mind, spirit and body. I am aligned very well with nature and... more

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