Hoosier Ridge  
Condition Updates  
 
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. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2018-05-06, By: Miking
Info: Ridgeline is pretty much scoured, but microspikes would be helpful in places. Also, with the freeze/thaw cycle, they will be more helpful in the coming days. However, the snow is mostly avoidable once you get up on the ridge. I hauled my snowshoes up to the first high point, but they weren't necessary up high. However, I would take them and stash them at tree line, as the last mile back through the trees once the snow loosens up would be postholey hell without them. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2018-03-13, By: Marmot72
Info: Don't ditch the snowshoes! I needed them down low, as expected, but stashed them shortly past the low SW saddle that connects Silverheels, and then found myself wallowing knee deep for some upper stretches between the ridge bumps. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2017-11-14, By: Tufftommy-BV
Info: Road was totally dry, parking lot ws empty on a Tuesday late morning. The climb up was mostly snow, I'd guess 80% coverage. Most of it was wind blown and pretty solid. A little breakable crust. Never put on traction though I was using brand new shoes and they were still pretty grippy. Similar conditions on the trek out to the Reds. VERY friggin' windy! At times when I crossed a saddle I was seriously leaning into it... 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2016-11-30, By: Sglm14
Info: Route easy to follow. Patches of snow in some sections. Used microspikes for a bit. Gorgeous day to hike! 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2016-10-18, By: JasonKline
Info: The small amount of snow was only an inch or two deep and easily avoidable. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2016-06-07, By: hart4069
Info: About two thirds of the the trail from the trailhead to around treeline is clear. The other third expect mostly 1 foot deep post holing with a few areas up to 3 feet deep. There isn't a good way around the snow fields, but the snow is melting fast. Had two small kids with me and only made it to treeline. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2016-02-16, By: Fabio 49
Info: From the Trailhead to about a half mile above tree line there is a distinct trail that is fairly well packed. As stated in the post form November, if you step off the trail you are post holing up to 2 feet. The trail is faint after that and I only managed to stay on it because I followed a gentleman who was on his was to Silverheels. Once on the ridge most of the route is windblown and clear of any considerable snow. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2015-11-09, By: Brian Thomas
Info: This will likely change soon with the new storm in a few days, but should give an overview of the surrounding area. From Hoosier Pass to treeline, step off the trail and there is 12-18" of unsupportive snow. On the descent I did not wear snowshoes and had a few falling trapdoor steps on the mostly solid and supportive packed trail. Pic #1 is Hoosier Ridge mostly blown out above treeline. Pic #2 is looking toward Bross and Lincoln. Pic #3 is looking toward Quandary and the Tenmile Range. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2015-07-11, By: awake
Info: Snow is 100% avoidable up Hoosier Ridge and Red Mtn A. Appeared to be the case for Red Mtn C as well, but I didn‘t make it to that one. Great conditions and awesome peaks to hike. Just make sure to start early as you‘re above treeline almost the entire time. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2012-05-05, By: spong0949
Info: Dry all the way to the summit and red peak. You will want ice axe for one short steep section of snow if climbing red mountain. 
 
Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2012-03-28, By: sunny1
Info: Conditions are very similar to Eph 2 5's update 3/24. Except today, there was packed snow (super-highway) from Hoosier Pass to treeline. Today did not use any traction or snowshoes, though carried both, stashed above treeline. Minimal postholing without them. There are a some snowfields above treeline that can be either avoided or crossed without excessive postholing. Surprisingly dry up there. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2012-03-24, By: Eph 2 5
Info: After the short time (25 minutes for me) in the snow from the trailhead to a little bit above treeline, I reached the tundra which was almost entirely snow free. There were a few snowfields on the ridge, but they could almost all be avoided. Snowshoes were very helpful for the snow in the trees. The route to Red Peak was dry. The route to Red Mountain had one snowfield that looked kind of dicey. 
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Route: From Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2011-10-10, By: MountainHiker
Info: Hoosier Ridge & Red Peak from Hoosier Pass. A few inches of snow on most of the route. Sometimes deeper but never enough to want floatation. I had my MicroSpikes but didn’t use them. Didn’t need an axe but was glad to have a pole. The sun and wind is removing the snow where exposed. The wind was persistent today! There was melting today. I had soft snow, but there could be some melt-freeze ice forming. North facing slopes (Silverheels) were holding more snow. Some wind deposit areas had post holing, but not a lot. 

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