This date may change based on conditions.....
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: