Peak:  Hunts Peak (13er)
 Route:  West Slopes
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  11/13/2019
 Date Posted:  11/14/2019
 Details

I parked near US 285 because my small car couldn't drive up the road; know which road(s) to take to get to the trailhead! From the locked gate at the trailhead the snow begins. There's patchy snow/ice prior to that but nothing major. There's a great trench all the way up the old road and microspikes may be of some use on the icier parts; I did not use any but that's a personal call. When the road starts switchbacking up near the Oxcart fire burn scar just cut off the road and stay on relatively dry, west facing slopes. If you continue on the road around to the northern toe of the ridge you'll find yourself on very steep slopes with shin deep sugar snow on top. Best to avoid that nonsense and stick with dry slopes if you can. These west facing, dry slopes are quite loose due to the lack of vegetation holding them together but they aren't particularly dangerous, just irritating. Continue to the ridge crest then south on still mostly dry ground. Hunts Peak becomes visible from the ridge crest and the route finding is obvious. There's a couple large snowfields near the saddle with the approach ridge and Hunts itself but they're trenched out for the most part, just follow the footprints and/or dry sections where available. Return the way you came up.



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