|Hiking||8.30 Miles|| 5 Hrs 10 Mns ||1.61 mph|
|2,254 ft AEG|
||no linked trail guides|
|I'm sure there were better ways to do this hike. The topo map showed roads which appeared to be through roads which appeared to be private property today. I parked further away than I would have liked which made these hikes longer.|
After a total of about 2.4 miles, the road dead ended, and I needed to bushwhack 1/4 mile downhill to what appeared to be a road below. I saw a pond here was a drinking area for cattle but didn't see any cattle here. I walked up a 4x4 road until I got about 1/3 of the way up to Castle Dome peak. At this point, the road headed North when I really wanted to travel NW to get to the peak. It was a long and tiring bushwhack, quite steep at times but I finally made it. Along the way, there was a barbed wire fence splitting the peak down the middle. Some portions of this barbed wire fence were removed so it was possible to cross in those areas. I crossed a few times when I found it easier to ascend. On the way up, I found an old electric meter, and some electric equipment which looked to be inactive. The peak had a nice large flat area with a lot of oak and juniper trees. I did find a registry on the top but it took a little searching to find it. I noticed there was a road SW of the peak which I thought might safe me some time so I decided to take it. Unfortunately, the road went a bit out of the way and then I ran into a closed gate which I jumped over and continued. If I hadn't done this it would have added 2 more hours to my hike and I would have definitely been forced to bushwhack at night which is not ideal during rattlesnake season (October). I believe I was on some private ranch property for 30 minutes or so, but the sign did not say "no trespassing". All in all it was an enjoyable day and I made it out alive!
Distance up = 2.3 + 1.83 = 4.13 miles , time up = 2 hrs 30 mins
Distance down = 5.2 miles , time down = 2 hrs 40 mins
AEG for the roundtrip to only Castle rock peak from where I parked was 2254 feet.
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