9,103 ft / 2,774 m


1,363 ft / 415 m


47 summits

Top climbing months

July   23%

February   14%

January   14%

Most climbed route

standard trail route


  • Popular hike and backcountry skiing summit near I-80, Donner Pass, and the Nevada border.
  • In the Tahoe National Forest not far off the Pacific Crest Trail.
"Castle Peak & Andesite Peak – Snow shoeing Hiked from the trailhead in boots until we got to Castle Pass. Put on snow shoes and ascended to the top. 1:30 to the top. Enjoyed the views and was hoping for more snow to cover the area. Hiked to Castle Pass for lunch and then on to Andesite ridge to the pass. Total time walking was 2:45. Due to the lack of snow, the trailhead parking lot, which is normally closed due to snow, had cars parked on both sides of the narrow road. This made it difficult to get out with the car. We have not had a storm in awhile and this one of the few areas wit" - mj3920, Jan 13, 2018
"No snow at the start, and parking available on the side of the road (before the gate). Lots of snow coverage fairly soon after starting, but trail is free of snow from Castle Pass to the top. Climbed the true summit, the furthest east of the three rock formations. It has the USGS marker and a repository for signatures. There is about 15-20 feet of vertical climbing to get to the top of the summit block." - TCH, Jul 1, 2017
"Hiked up in snow fields until Castle Pass, then a snow free trail to the summit. 15' vertical climb to the very top. Hiked in boots & used poles, but snow pretty consolidated. Got loose by afternoon." - julier, Jul 1, 2017
"From Castle Peak we saw a forest fire start--I think near Kyburz. Eek! We traversed from Castle to Basin, then took a cross country route down Basin and eventually met back up with the trail." - kaylam87, Jul 25, 2015
"Another quick trip to Castle Peak near Tahoe. We did not make it to the top of the knob, but got very close. Kevin near to the top. We needed some protection to to the rest. Another time. This was close enough." - mj3920, Aug 13, 2013



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