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Castle & Conundrum Winter Approach

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The long, winter approach up Pearl Pass Road, then up Castle Creek to the basin between Castle and Conundrum.


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7.1

Miles

11.4

KM

Ascent

13,375' 4,077 m

High

9,502' 2,896 m

Low

3,906' 1,190 m

Up

32' 10 m

Down

11%

Avg Slope (6°)

42%

Max Slope (23°)
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

Start from the winter closure of Castle Creek Road, at Ashcroft. Continue along this well groomed road until you reach the turnoff for Pearl Pass Road to the right. This will start climbing more steeply and pass by a campground. Continue up that until the road switch-backs up a gully.

At the top of this gully, cut off to the north and into the drainage that leads towards Malemute Peak. If you reach Green Wilson and Taggart huts, you've gone too far on the Pearl Pass road. Continue up the basin, keeping right whenever there's an option. You might see signs of the summer 4WD road. Eventually, you'll find yourself below Conundrum Couloir and the North Face of Castle.

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Jacob Winey

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