Hike Difficulty: difficult
Hike Length: 5.25 mi
Elevation Gain: 1752 ft
Time: 3 hrs 38 mins
Yesterday I revisited Castle Crags State Park down in Northern California. It’s been about a year since I last hiked Castle Crags. It was a lot snowier this time than February last year, so this hike was a whole different beast.
We got there about 9:00 and it was still pretty damn cold. It took the first half mile or so just to get warmed up and not lose my fingers to the cold. By the time we started climbing, though, it became less a matter of staying warm and more a matter of keeping from overheating.
The scenery was frosted over and quite different than when I’d been here before. I remembered last year that, in order to get up to the final ridge that leads to Castle Dome, we had to go around a couple small snow patches. This year, the snow patches were much bigger and had a scary sheet of ice covering the top of them. In the end, we weren’t able to make it to Castle Dome, even with snowshoes and trekking poles. The views we were able to get, though, were amazing.