Despite the long approach, I've always enjoyed the Castle Mountain area and Helena Ridge was no exception. We had no difficulties following the route from the Scrambles book.
For a brief time, Tower Lake was so calm it acted like a huge mirror. The perfect reflection
Helena Ridge seen from Rockbound Lake
Walking on the flats by the lake
Hiking up through the larches
Eisenhower Tower and Castle Mountain
We stopped to take a break above the basin
A vague trail takes you to the col on the right then up to the summit
Stuart Knob in the background
Working our way up the rubble on the lower slopes
On the broad saddle below the summit
Final hike to the summit
Almost at the summit. Castle Mountain behind.
Coming down from the summit
82 O/5 Castle Mountain
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