Hoosier Ridge  
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-13, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Some snow left on east/northeast facing slopes as of mid-afternoon, mostly avoidable except for a brief section just below the 13,200' false summit. 
 
Route: Pennsylvania Creek
Posted On: 2020-07-12, By: 9patrickmurphy
Info: The "trailhead" is just a switchback on the road, where the Forest Service closed off an old road and is trying to restore it. Decent trail into the basin following this disused road, but a lot of water crossings. After the road ends in the basin, I had a ton of willowbashing to contend with, and it was an absolute suck fest. Once through the willows, easy to get to the saddle between Hoosier Ridge and Red Mtn C. Because of the willows, I decided to add ~100 feet of gain by going over Red Peak A (unranked summit, different from Red Mtn C) and descended its East ridge to another disued 4WD road, and followed that back to my car. Made a nice loop. The road was rough in spots, but mostly a pretty easy drive. A Forester might be able to do it without too much difficulty. Only room for one car at the switchback where the old road up Pennsylvania Creek starts, room for 2-3 more at the next switchback up. Nice camping along the road. 
 
Route: From Red Mtn C
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: moltar
Info: Totally Clear, just one little snow field left on the E face, totally avoidable 
 
Route: Red Mountain
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: Kitten
Info: Dry all the way up from the saddle between Red Mountain C and Hoosier. Did the route from Pennsylvania Creek TH. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: gpxguy
Info: Summer conditions all the way to the top. Some unavoidable snow on the ridge to Red Mountain. Picture is Red from Hoosier Ridge summit. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-07, By: madmattd
Info: Snow on the road is effectively gone, and there are only a couple small, easily avoided snowfields around the willows. Didn't feel like fighting the heavy ridgeline winds, so didn't summit today (stopped just below Pt. 12800). But it looked clear to Hoosier, certainly on the West side of the ridge. Snow still fills the SW-facing chute that is partway between the Hoosier-Red col and Red Mountain C all the way to the ridgeline. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-22, By: stephakett
Info: patchy snow from hoosier pass to around 12,000'. snow is very firm in the morning, a little questionable by early afternoon. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-04, By: Schwapps
Info: Started around 6 am. Snow coverage presently extends to tree line at 11,800. Good freeze allowed for an easy ascent. After that minimal snow coverage existed all the way along the ridge to the summit minus a few strips that can be easily bypassed. By the time I got back to the snowline, the crust was melted enough that one could posthole easily to the hips. Snowshoes are a must once the crust is gone. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-12-21, By: benbrow1234
Info: Floatation required from Hoosier Pass until just above tree line although there were quite a few people in the area packing down tracks. Ridge was windblown and even completely dry in some places from this point until the summit. Although there was occasional short sections of postholing it was easier to stash snowshoes and push through than it would have been to carry them then put on and take off repeatedly. Added Red Mtn. C which had more snow but was consolidated and did not need floatation here. Great sunny day with sections of gusty wind. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-10-13, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Mostly snow free, and what is on the route can mostly be avoided. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-08-09, By: eecasper12
Info: We completed the Ridge hike. We missed the trail marker where we should have left the gravel road, so we ended up scrambling up through the grass up the side of the first ridge for the first ascent up to beginning of the ridge part. Windy on the ridges and on most of the smaller peaks along the way. Otherwise summer conditions (no snow to cross). It was as long as advertised, and the endless smaller peaks (bumps) did cause us to reconsider whether to continue a few times, but we made it to Hoosier Peak. Great view along the way, and the ups and downs along the way were definitely a change from some of the bigger 14ers we have done. I recommend this hike! 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: TheOtherIndian
Info: Summer conditions all the way to the summit. Just be ready for an endless stream of bumps. Red Mountain C has some snow on the ridge, not sure if it could be bypassed, bailed on it due to weather 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: shaunblair
Info: Some mud on the early parts of the trail, but otherwise dry summer conditions all the way to the summit. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-06-11, By: Ptglhs
Info: The section in the trees still has a lot of snow. The willows and snow were a slushy mess this afternoon. It was firm as of 10am though. There are several areas on the ridge which are snow free and easy to traverse, but a lot of snow still too. I'd recommend traction and floatation. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-01-14, By: Giant hills
Info: Since getting turned on drift we went for hoosier. Nice trench in place from trailhead to summit. Very straight forward. Great place for sunset!! 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-01-13, By: WildWanderer
Info: There's a nice trench the entire way from the trailhead to the summit. Bring snowshoes. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-01-10, By: glenmiz
Info: Very nice hike although windy; we measured gusts of ~45mph. Snowshoes required through the willow section above the trees but we dropped them once we reached the first large cairn on the ridge (we left the summer trail and stayed on the ridge/continental divide). Snow mostly windblown and firm with a few soft spots. Spikes would have been helpful in a few spots, primarily coming off the summit of Hoosier Ridge heading toward the reds. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2018-09-03, By: supranihilest
Info: From the trailhead to treeline pay attention! You do not follow the road all the way to the radio towers, instead hopping off the road at a curve. Once above treeline the route is obvious. You don't need to top out on every bump on the ridge, many can and should be skirted for time/ease. To get to Red Mountain and Red Peak you can wrap around the ridge's summit instead of going directly over the top, which will save a little bit of elevation gain. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2018-07-02, By: mmientka
Info: I followed the GPX route, but the trail is hard to find once off the main cell tower road. It was very overgrown with vegetation. There are some key cairns along the route, especially on the ridge lines. No route is really needed as long as you are careful in the loose rock. Some small snow fields on south side of ridges, but dry the entire route. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2018-05-16, By: brachunok
Info: Left the parking lot at 7:30. First mile is deep with snow. It held on the way out but snowshoes were mandatory on the way back. Snowshoes are unnecessary past the treeline, so recommend stashing them. Everything clear past the treeline. 

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