Peak:  Horseshoe Mountain (13er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Mosquito
 Posted By:  HikesInGeologicTime
 Date of Info:  11/28/2020
 Date Posted:  11/28/2020

Road is packed down to Horseshoe turn-off. Snow from there to treeline; mostly tracked out on the way down, but still a few short stretches where it's possible to posthole up to your knees. Not necessarily worth the added weight of snowshoes yet, however.

Snow is then largely avoidable up to Horseshoe-Peerless saddle with some slab/punch crusting below Peerless, completely avoidable up to Horseshoe summit as well as Peerless' as long as you stay on the west side of its ridge.

 Comments or Questions

11/29/2020 10:52
Thanks for the info. What does "slab/punch crusting" mean?


11/29/2020 13:51
Basically, the snow was a solid enough slab in most places to hold someone's weight and maybe even be a little slick...except for the parts where only the very top was solid and we wound up punching through up to our ankles/mid-calves.

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