Conundrum Peak, a 14,060-foot sub-summit of 14,279-foot Castle Peak, lies in the Elk Range and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area south of Aspen. The elegant peak is considered an unofficial fourteener since its rise above the saddle adjacent to Castle is 240 feet, not the 300 feet needed to be considered a separate mountain. Conundrum Peak, easily climbed along a Class 2 ridge from Castle Peak, has two summits (the north one being the highest). Conundrum Couloir, a steep snow- and ice-filled gully that splits the mountain’s southeast face, is a good snow climb and ski descent in late spring.
Recommended season(s): June through September.
—Stewart M. Green