Monday, August 08, 2011

Castle Pass Hike

Castle Pass - Click for Photo Alubm

Knocked out another section of the Pacific Crest Trail back on July 17th, the section that adjoins this part, near Donner Pass. The area is called Castle Pass, named for the big black rock formations that look like a giant fort. It was an excellent easy hike, despite being so close to the highway and so snowed in. I guess we shouldn't have been surprised, given the amount of snow this year and the relatively cool summer, but it was surprising that some of the areas were several feet deep with snow!

From Castle Pass

We started the hike very late (around 1pm), bagged an ~8000 ft. peak, and had time to come down and eat an awesome dinner at Lattitudes in Auburn.

From Castle Pass

I said it before and I'll say it again: I love being so close to the Sierras!