Horseshoe Mountain  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2018-05-12, By: AnnaG22
Info: Patchy from the parking area, but melting out fast for the most part. Flotation probably unnecessary if you get up and down reasonably early in the morning. Decent snow in the cirque and couloir for skiing still- good spring corn. Getting a smidge thin near the "choke" but should last for a while yet. 
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Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2018-04-30, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: The couloir is in excellent condition. After parking 1/2 mile below the Leavick mine, we walked up part of the Fourmile road and skinned other parts until we reach the turn-off (left) for Horseshoe. From there we skinned to the base of Boudoir and booted to the summit. A few inches of snow had fallen the night before so we had a fresh powder coat 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-11-13, By: wildlobo71
Info: Route from 4-mile creek road turnoff clear and passable the entire way to summit without traction or need for any gear. Small snowfield crossings at shaded areas below treeline (on the road) and in the basin otherwise it's wind bare for much of the approach to the saddle of Peerless and only gets into hardpack snow by about 13,000'. The summit approach is visible, snow filled but easily navigable. Side summits - Peerless Mountain is fairly clean on the west slopes, easy approach. Finnback Knob from Horseshoe saddle is slightly more spicy - snow filled the ridgeline proper and created some more exciting things to ponder but was not a problem; I didn't use traction just a little more time navigating around snow filled obstacles. The south rim of Horseshoe towards the Boudoir exit and then further south and east was a wind-bare / hard pack mix that no traction was necessary on. Traction was helpful in descending back from the saddle down to the lower basin. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-10-20, By: Ptglhs
Info: A lot of snow between Sheridan and Peerless, spots of wind polished snow between peerless and the false summit of Horseshoe. I highly recommend either microspikes or an axe. It was incredibly windy up there. The false summit has a 4-5 foot cornice of snow that I broke down a part of. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2017-06-25, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: The trail still has some snow patches, but you can totally bypass them. I used no traction. However, if you are planning on driving till 13,200 you will be stopped way short due to the snow on the road. Boudoir Couloir is done for the season. No continuous snow lines on the whole face. 
 
Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2017-05-05, By: josee menard
Info: Trailhead about .75 mile before Leavick's parking area. Good travel on firm snow early morning. Couloir had stable boot-top wind affected snow. Lots of sled tracks in the basin to assist on the way out in the afternoon, snowpack retained some integrity in the afternoon but more hot days and/or superficial freezes and snowshoes will be required. 
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Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2017-04-15, By: koeffling
Info: The approach on the road was largely snow covered, softened as the day ended making for a slog out. The approach to the cirque was solid enough to hold us in the morning without snowshoes. Snow in the couloir is not great, a bit early yet. Bottom third was nicely consolidated, the top was a mix of sugar/powder, some slabs, and some decent stuff. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-09-09, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Snow free. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-08-15, By: flyingmagpie
Info: Entire 4wd road is free of snow all the way up to the Horseshoe/Peerless saddle. The route beyond is clear of snow as well. If, instead of turning on the little two-track road shown in the route photos, you continue up the main road (FS603) there is a parking area to the right that will accommodate 5 or 6 vehicles right around a corner from where the route description here comes out onto the main road again. Road is in surprisingly good shape for an old mining road, and driveable by stock 4wd high clearance vehicles. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: sdicenso
Info: The road is clear to the 4WD parking. Past there at the left fork there are big snowfields, but minimal postholing. If you go right at the fork and up the steeper route, you won't encounter snowfields until past the upper lake. All snowfields are passable. Some postholing to the saddle, but clear after that to the summit. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-19, By: jsdratm
Info: There are still some lingering snowfields on the way to the saddle (I counted 4 small ones that I had to cross), but once you are on the saddle you can get to the summit without touching snow. The trail to Peerless is also clear of snow. 
 
Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-17, By: bparker10
Info: A friend and I set off to do the Boudoir couloir on horseshoe, but upon arrival we noticed it's now out of season. Snow in the couloir does not reach the bottom 
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Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-13, By: jbchalk
Info: We climbed & skied the Boudoir Saturday (6/11). Would have been nice to get it an hour or so earlier, but you surely can't ask the babysitter to come over at 5am. I would think Boudoir will definitely not be continuous come this weekend. The bottom was barely skiable with rocks coming up to bite your skis. Good thing I haven't waxed nor given the bottom of my skis any attention since I first got them. The crux chokes were absolutely fine and skiable with good snow. 
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Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-07, By: mike14
Info: Went up the standard route today. Snow was intermittent on the old road up. The snow was soft but easily traversed. I only post holed a couple of times. No need for traction or floatation. Knocked out Peerless too. Went up the north side where I had to deal with some talus and steep snow, but only for short distances. Came down the south side and easily went up Horseshoe. Snow is melting quickly- lots of running water and mud on the way down. 
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Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-06, By: Shattuck311
Info: Skinned up the East Slopes. Had to take off the ski's a few times as the snow has melted out significantly in the last week. The Couloir was still in good shape, holding enough snow to easily ski. Was able to make it down to the Lakes below the gully before putting the ski's on our backs again for the remaining 2 or 3 miles back to Leavick site. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-04, By: Trotter
Info: Walked over from Peerless Mtn. With some detours, you can avoid most of the snow until the summit ridge. Summit is covered with snow, but it was still crusty at 9 am and required no snowshoes. The snow lower down on the route was soft after 9 am. Some good glissading from the saddle of Horseshoe and peerless. 
 
Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-05-30, By: Grover
Info: Plenty of snow still on Horseshoe Mtn. (and Mt. Sheridan and Mt. Sherman for that matter). The 'Trip Report' by alexhenes will give you more beta. I rode down the east slopes of Horseshoe, went under Peerless, and then connected to the basin the leads back to the normal 4x4 road used for Sherman. 
 
Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-05-22, By: zdero1
Info: Boudoir Couloir is in great shape. Recent avy on the right side. We donned showshoes around 11,500' and they were greatly appreciated. We parked the forester at 11,050' and I'm glad we didn't go any higher. 
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Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-05-15, By: Col_Forbin
Info: Boudoir is in good shape for both climbing and skiing. Road is plowed until about 3/4 of a mile below Leavick. Snow conditions were stable and supportive. Get off this one early. 
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Route: North Ridge (from Iowa Gulch)
Posted On: 2015-10-16, By: screeman57
Info: Dry as a bone, like everything else around here. Highly recommend this route - from the Sherman/Sheridan saddle, hang a right on any one of many trail segments. You can either go over sheridan or around it to the east. If you go around (as I did, hitting sheridan from the south on the return), don‘t be tempted to descend down to the road (East slopes route) Aim for the flat shoulder of Peerless Mntn. and find the road/trail. Ditto between peerless and horseshoe. 

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