Castle Peak (California)

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Castle Peak
Castle Peak from Andesite Peak.jpg
Castle Peak from Andesite Peak
Highest point
Elevation 9,109 ft (2,776 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 1,343 ft (409 m) [3]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates 39°21′56″N 120°20′57″W / 39.365485408°N 120.349175794°W / 39.365485408; -120.349175794Coordinates: 39°21′56″N 120°20′57″W / 39.365485408°N 120.349175794°W / 39.365485408; -120.349175794[2]
Location Nevada County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Norden
Easiest route Exposed scramble (class 3)[1]

Castle Peak is a mountain in California's Sierra Nevada near I-80, Donner Pass, and the Nevada border. It is in the Tahoe National Forest[3] not far off the Pacific Crest Trail, and adjacent to Castle Pass. It was originally named Mount Stanford by the Whitney Survey of 1860-74.

Castle Peak takes it name from its conical shape.[4]

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View of Castle Peak's summit, from terminus of the Castle Peak Summit Trail.


  1. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Castle Peak". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  3. ^ a b "Castle Peak, California". Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Government Printing Office. p. 71. 

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Panoramic view from Castle Peak, of the Sierra and the subalpine habitat.