|Peak:||Hagar Mountain (13er)|
|Route:||Straight Creek Trail (W. Eisenhower Tunnel)|
|Date of Info:||10/08/2019|
Parts of the lower trail (through ~12k) icy through 11 am, melted into mud by mid-afternoon. I ascended and descended via the Coon Hill trail rather than up and over Golden Bear to minimize my time in the wind and was glad I had; the wind was breathtaking between reaching the Continental Divide and the saddle below the approach to Hagar's first false summit. Ski jacket and gloves were necessary for me, and I wished I'd had my goggles as well for that section.
The final scramble is short, sweet, and fun! There probably is a way to keep it at Difficult Class 2, but I couldn't see a way up or down at least the last 10' without a couple Class 3 jigs in there. It's a distinct possibility that at least one of those moves was only Class 3 if you're short, however.