Pinnacle Peak (S Rte)/The Castle (E Rte) - Tatoosh
(Qualified Youth Leader)
Reflection Lakes Trailhead
Park at Narada Falls parking lot. Snowshoe up to gain the road to Reflection Lakes and traverse on it to the base of the climb. Ascend the ridge directly north of Pinnacle Peak before dodging left (east) into the basin between Pinnacle and The Castle.
Gain the Pinnacle-Castle col. Traverse on the backside west to summit Pinnacle Peak via the south route. Ascent up the gully is straightforward, but be wary loose rock. Helmets are definitely a must.
Descend the same gully and traverse east on the south side of the ridge to reach the S. Rib of The Castle. Scramble a short (35-40ft) class 3 section to gain the east flanks of The Castle and access to the summit block. Route ascends on the East flanks up and right to reach the top of the face. Handline may be warranted. Easy traverse to reach the true summit once the crest has been gained.
(A less technical route exists on the west face of the Castle, but this route also has significantly more exposure. Cross through the col, descend slightly, then traverse north before ascending a gully to reach the summit crest.)
Descend north, trending left (slopes below the bowl are steeper on the right) to enjoy an easy glissade to the road home.
Priority given to Tacoma BRGCC students until June 12. Please email the following information to register: 1. Name 2. email address 3. Cellphone number 4. Name and phone number of emergency contact person. We will be starting from Reflection Lakes trailhead not Narada falls. Pinnacle Peak will be the primary objective for the day. If time and conditions allow we will go for The Castle and/or Plummer Peak.
Registration for this activity is being handled
by the leader. Please contact the leader directly to register for this activity.