Castle Crag south ridge


Published by Alpin_Rise , 18 August 2015, 10h04.

Region: World » United States » California
Date of the hike: 1 July 2014
Hiking grading: T5- - Challenging High-level Alpine hike
Climbing grading: III (UIAA Grading System)
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Geo-Tags: USA 
Height gain: 700 m 2296 ft.
Access to start point:drive to Castle Crags State Park's camping
Accommodation:State Park's camping

Right after the fast track up Mt. Shasta I headed for my next goal. Due to tired legs and some driving that day I was forced to choose a small goal: Castle Crags. Well visible from Shasta Summit, I was litterally drawn down to these fantastic grantie spires.
The only bad thing about was the unbearable heat down in the valley, even at nighttime it didn't get any cooler. In these conditons the famous climbs up "the Ogre" are no fun;  


From Ice to Rock: Scrambling on a "new" Route up to Castle Crag 

Right at the base of Castle Crag there's the State Park's camping which offers a good, but a little bit noisy night - Interstate 5 nearby. 
The castle crags parking is a little bit higher than the camping, close to the "Vista Point". There you start on a good, marked path, a little bit off the trail there's a dwell called Indian springs offering drinking water. The trail gets more rocky and there's a tempting ridge nearby offering some nice scrambling opportunities.
Arriving at the base of Castle Dome, I head for the tempting, tough not very prominent south ridge. It offers nice, easy climbing in the 5.2/5.3 range; a small chimney in the middle part is the crux section.
On the summit plateau I met some other mountaineers, coming up the normal route. This ascend offers nice 3th class scrambling with some steps in the 4th degree on slabs. Once down, I discovers some rock pinaccles nearby, but for bigger summits it's definitely too hot an me beeing to tired...

For Climbing, Castle Crag would be a perfect Destination in Spring or Fall - I'll definitely return and climb the famous "Cosmic Wall" 5.6 on Mt. Hubris (The Ogre) - are you in, 360?

Hike partners: Alpin_Rise


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