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Castle Peak / Conundrum Peak
Elevation: 14,265 / 14,060 feet
Mileage: 6.0 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,505 feet
Route: Northeast Ridge

August 8 - 9th, 2003

Castle Peak has the distinction of being the highest peak in the Elk Range and also the easiest. Castle Peak is usually recommended as an introduction to the loose rock that makes up the Elk Range. It's lower neighbor Conundrum Peak is debated as being a true 14er, since it doesn't rise 300 feet above the connecting saddle it shares with Castle Peak. Conundrum is a short distance from Castle Peak, it's over 14,000 feet, and it's an easy climb so we thought why not take the extra 30 minutes to climb it too.

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