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    Castle and Conundrum Peaks Hike

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    19.8 km
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    1,521 m
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    The Castle and Conundrum Peaks Hike is an exceptional hiking route in Colorado that will lead you to the tallest summit in the entire Elk Mountains Range. While out on the trail, you will hike alongside Castle Creek and traverse permanent snowfields on the way to the basin, where you will then climb to the top of a rugged ridge that will lead you to the summit. This is a beautifully scenic trail; however, the dramatic terrain and permanent snow fields along the route mean that it is suitable only for very experienced hikers.

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    Route Description for Castle and Conundrum Peaks Hike

    For those intrepid adventurers looking for a thrill in the Elk Mountains of Colorado, why not try the Castle and Conundrum Peaks Hike, where you can work your way across permanent snowfields to reach the tallest peak in the area.

    Setting out from the trailhead, you will hike uphill to the southwest alongside the rushing waters of Castle Creek, before arriving at a junction near the Tagert and Green-Wilson huts. From here, you will make your way to the northwest and begin climbing more sharply uphill towards the snowfields and basin below Castle Peak.

    Here, you will need to traverse the snowfields to continue working your way uphill. The easiest way to do this is to work your way along the left side of the basin and make an ascending traverse of the snowfields, where you will eventually find a clear trail on the left leading up to the top of the ridge. Continuing straight along the top of the ridge, you will eventually reach the summit of Castle Peak, where you will enjoy breathtaking views from the tallest peak in the Elk Mountains. Following the trail to the northwest will lead you to the slightly lower, but no less scenic summit of Conundrum Peak.

    After experiencing both of these spectacular peaks, you will head back along the ridgeline and descend into the snowfields, working your way through the basin and along Castle Creek for the return to the trailhead where you began.

    Getting to the Castle and Conundrum Peaks Hike Trailhead

    The starting point for the Castle and Conundrum Peaks Hike can be found at the Castle Creek Trailhead along CR15/Castle Creek Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Tagert Hut, Green-Wilson Hut

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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