Castle Peak Summit
The final hike to the summit may not really be at a 45-degree angle but it sure feels like it. Climbing snow and ice in snowshoes at this angle of elevation can be pretty difficult. During one of our frequent breaks, we watched enviously as another hiker demonstrated how much easier the ascent is with an ice-ax in hand.
Views at the top are awesome, but be careful to keep an eye out for your safety or you might not make it there. In winter conditions the weather can change quickly so be sure to dress appropriately, use snowshoes, be familiar with the risks associated with cornices and the other risks of hiking in snow.