|Peak:||Horn Peak (13er)|
|Route:||Horn Peak Trail|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||05/15/2011|
Rainbow Trail to Horn Peak Trail was completely snow free (as was the terrain around it).
Horn Peak Trail had significant snow on the south side of Hennequin Creek, but postholing was not bad and/or was avoidable (even in the afternoon) photo#2
Horn Peak Trail was snow free on the north side of Hennequin Creek and most of the way to the ridge.
Snowshoes were needed on the ridge (from ~10,700 to treeline). Some bare parts of the trail, but long sections of 2-4 feet of snow remained. photo #3
Micro spikes would have been helpful on the ridge above treeline, but I did not use them (despite having them).
Only used an ice axe to glissade, but otherwise it was not needed.
If following the Horn Peak Trail, avy gear is not needed.
I‘m not a skier, but there was a nice line of snow from near the summit, to below treeline (to the start of Hennequin Creek, I think).
May not be able to ski off the summit directly, but fairly close.
It was hot up there today so, I imagine the snow may be disappearing fast.
Views were unbelievable!!!!!
Will post some pictures soon.
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