Peak:  "Golden Bear Peak" (13er)
 Route:  Via Loveland Basin ski area
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  HikesInGeologicTime
 Date of Info:  03/18/2020
 Date Posted:  03/18/2020

Loveland closed for the season, which means, per their website (, that uphill access is now fair game.

Stuck to the easiest trails up to the ridge; lack of snow after the last grooming meant they were nice and firm, which is good if you're still waiting to get your AT skis back from the local sheriff's office and thus have to decide if you want to wear snowshoes on your feet while schlepping skis on your back (I decided the skis were adequate weight training, thankyouverymuch).

Followed the cat track along the ridge to Gate 4, which is listed as closed. I was clearly not the first to ignore that sign. Path after that was also pretty well beaten in, and there were footsteps to follow up the last pitch, though I mostly stuck to rocks and grass where I could.

I skied my first peak for which I really had to work up a sweat (previous ascents of GB took place when Lift 9 and the Ridge Cat were running) like a total gaper - snow conditions that could best be summarized as âœspring-like❠did not help - but it was pretty sweet nonetheless.

I didn't see another person except for the early risers returning to their cars as I was starting and the midday movers starting as I was returning, so mornings might be the best time to exercise your legs and your social distancing skills!

 Comments or Questions

03/28/2020 18:35
Skied it the same day, in the afternoon. I saw no one.

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