Andesite Peak Ascent via Castle Peak Saddle
ElevationAscent: 969' 295 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,180' 2,493 m
Low: 7,210' 2,198 m
GradeAvg Slope: 8% (4°)
Max Slope: 18% (10°)
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W Andesite Peak via "Hole in the Wall"
0.6 mi 0.9 km • -639 ft Descent • -194.87 m Descent
Basin Peak SW Face
0.9 mi 1.4 km • -1,049 ft Descent • -319.74 m Descent
Relay Peak Face
0.3 mi 0.4 km • -455 ft Descent • -138.8 m Descent
Incline Peak East Bowl
0.6 mi 1.0 km • -999 ft Descent • -304.45 m Descent
Chikadee North Aspect
0.3 mi 0.5 km • -611 ft Descent • -186.26 m Descent
0.4 mi 0.7 km • -422 ft Descent • -128.6 m Descent
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“Main ascent to the Castle Peak area.”— Forthright
This is an easy approach that is pretty mellow and mindless for 95% of it. The last little increase in grade usually has a straight up (STFU) skin track put in, and has been marked as such. But really it's worth putting in your own kick turns or follow the natural grade of the slope a bit more.
Some people will take that first fork to the right (when you come to a meadow) that connects you to the PCT, I would not recommend if you are trying to get to the saddle. It's much harder route finding, stream crossing, and undulating terrain at southern toe of the Castle Peak slope/PCT. It makes sense if you are going to the eastern flank of Castle Peak, but not to the saddle.
This is a trailhead for snowmobiles that are allowed west of Andesite Peak, east and north of Castle Peak. You'll only share the same trail for a few hundred feet. This path also because of it's easy accessibility is shared with many people snowshoeing, snow hiking, and hiking up to sled. So don't expect a nice manicured skin track.
Landmarks at the Saddle:
NNW is the Peter Grub Hut (managed by the Sierra Club), it can't be seen from the saddle because of trees
N is Round Valley and Basin Peak
NE is Castle Peak and its ridge line
SSW is Andesite peak
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Land Manager: USFS - Tahoe National Forest Office