A gorgeous end-of-summer day found me wandering into one of my favorite locales in the Presidentials - the wild, less-visited glacial cirque known as Castle Ravine, enclosed by Mt. Jefferson's Castellated Ridge and the Israel Ridge of Mt. Adams. On the way in I followed the Israel Ridge Path to the First and Second Cascades on Cascade Brook, then took The Link across to Castle Ravine Trail and headed into the upper ravine and climbed to the first open rock area on the headwall for excellent views. The day also included short bushwhacks to two slides in the ravine, both of which proved to be overgrown but still provided interesting views.
After an easy 1.3 mile approach on the Castle Trail that included a fairly tame crossing of the Israel River, I turned left onto the Israel Ridge Path, one of the many trails on the Northern Presidentials admirably maintained by the Randolph Mountain Club.