Castle Peak (Idaho)

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Castle Peak
Castle Peak, White Cloud Mountains, Idaho.JPG
Castle Peak in White Clouds
Elevation 11,815 ft (3,601 m)[1]
Prominence 4,015 ft (1,224 m)[1]
Location
Castle Peak is located in Idaho
Castle Peak
Castle Peak
Custer County, Idaho, U.S.
Range White Cloud Mountains
Coordinates 44°02′22″N 114°35′07″W / 44.039558°N 114.585266°W / 44.039558; -114.585266Coordinates: 44°02′22″N 114°35′07″W / 44.039558°N 114.585266°W / 44.039558; -114.585266[1]
Topo map USGS Boulder Chain Lakes
Climbing
Easiest route Scramble, class 3

Castle Peak, at 11,815 feet (3,601 m) high is the highest peak in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho. Castle Peak is the 25th highest peak in Idaho, and the 9th most prominent peak in the state.[2][3] Castle Peak is located within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Custer County. The towns of Stanley, Idaho and Challis, Idaho are both about 21 miles (34 km) from Castle Peak, Ketchum, Idaho is about 27 miles (43 km) from the peak. Castle Peak is located in the largest roadless area in the lower 48 states that is not a designated Wilderness Area. There has been a proposal to create a White Clouds-Boulder Wilderness Area that would encompass Castle Peak.

Castle Peak is managed by the United States Forest Service and the area surrounding the peak can be easily accessed. Camping is permitted anywhere is Sawtooth National Forest and the lakes surrounding Castle Peak provide excellent places to stay. The peak rises to the northeast of Chamberlain Basin and south of Castle Lake and Merriam Peak.[4] There are trails from parking area to the vicinity of Castle Peak, although no trails go up the peak itself. The easiest route up Castle Peak is as class 3 scramble from the Camberlain Basin.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Castle Peak, Idaho". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Idaho 11,000-foot Peaks". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  3. ^ "Idaho Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  4. ^ Sawtooth National Forest. “Sawtooth National Forest” [map].1:126,720, 1”=2 miles. Twin Falls, Idaho: Sawtooth National Forest, United States Forest Service, 1998.

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