ElevationAscent: 1,819' 555 m
Descent: -1,819' -554 m
High: 7,258' 2,212 m
Low: 5,439' 1,658 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“Also known as Castle Rock, this run climbs to the top of a rock outcropping to excellent views of the surrounding area.”— Amber Scott
From the trailhead, the Storm Castle Mountain Trail #92 begins climbing immediately. The trail switchbacks steadily up the mountainside, passing through some patches of forest, but largely traversing open and exposed hillsides and meadows—this exposure, in combination with the south-facing slope, makes this a hot trail in the summer, so prepare accordingly with timing and adequate water.
As the trail nears the summit, the switchbacks get tighter—while it might be tempting to scramble over the limestone and cut the switchbacks, please respect the area and stay on the trail! The final stretch passes through dense forest before emerging upon the outcroppings that constitute the summit. The rocks make for a great spot to snack and enjoy the views of Garnet Mountain to the south and Storm Castle Creek and the Gallatin River bellow. There's a neat rock arch as well, and some fun scrambling opportunities—just be careful around the steep edges of the bluff!
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