Hagar Mountain  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-18, By: dleflar
Info: Summer conditions on summit. Hiked in from West Eisenhower tunnel parking along Coon Hill trail. Took to Coon Hill saddle and then East North East towards Hagar southern slopes. Sporadic snow still on the ground down by the saddle but easily avoided. Ridge towards Hagar is clear. 
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Route: Citadel/Hagar/Golden Bear from Dry Gulch
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. No snow or ice, but hazy from the fires. 
 
Route: Ridge from Citadel
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: durkan
Info: Dry Gulch 13er loop: Citadel to Hagar to Golden Bear. Some snow in areas up high in the gulch, but all avoidable. This gulch was poorly named as making our way up to Citadel the foliage drenched my softshell pants and the mud on the trail drenched trail runners. Still, a fun loop! 
 
Route: Coon Hill TH
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: naivon
Info: Good weather. Snow covers the entire upper portion of the straight creek ridge but did not need traction. Once on the ridge, most snow is gone and is entirely avoidable. Started ascent at 11am. 
 
Route: Straight Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: MC.Ikema
Info: Hiked via Coon Hill TH (West Portal of the Eisenhower Tunnel). There's still a decent amount of snow down low in Straight Creek. Brought and used microspikes in the morning to reach snow free trail (old road) around 12k. Snow free ridge to Hagar. Able to summit without touch snow using some class 3 moves on the final summit block. Post hole/willow bushwhacking fest on the way out. 
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Route: South Ridge from Golden Bear Peak
Posted On: 2019-10-27, By: supranihilest
Info: The snow high on Hagar is in great shape (though the storm today through Tuesday will almost certainly change that). There's nothing difficult about Hagar from the south until the final summit block. The summit block is an exposed Class 3 scramble on solid granite, but there's a lot of snow on it as well right now. I found the snow to be very firm, perfect for kicking steps in. The best route was straight up the summit block, linking patches of steep snow and steep rock together. Though the rock was stable you should still test every hold, as some of the blocks didn't appear to be attached to anything despite not moving when yarded on. My climbing partner and I both found ice axes and microspikes useful for the final summit scramble. 
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Route: Straight Creek Trail (W. Eisenhower Tunnel)
Posted On: 2019-10-08, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Parts of the lower trail (through ~12k) icy through 11 am, melted into mud by mid-afternoon. I ascended and descended via the Coon Hill trail rather than up and over Golden Bear to minimize my time in the wind and was glad I had; the wind was breathtaking between reaching the Continental Divide and the saddle below the approach to Hagar's first false summit. Ski jacket and gloves were necessary for me, and I wished I'd had my goggles as well for that section. The final scramble is short, sweet, and fun! There probably is a way to keep it at Difficult Class 2, but I couldn't see a way up or down at least the last 10' without a couple Class 3 jigs in there. It's a distinct possibility that at least one of those moves was only Class 3 if you're short, however. 
 
Route: NE Ridge via The Citadel
Posted On: 2019-09-22, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Summer, no snow. 
 
Route: From Loveland Ski Basin
Posted On: 2019-08-15, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Small bit of snow to get to the ridge, above Chair Lift 4, but can easily avoid. Rest of route was completely snow free. Class 3 crux was solid and fun! Summit canister was broken on one end (no end cap) and empty. I should have brought a couple of plastic bags and a printed register to stuff in there. 
 
Route: From Dry Gulch
Posted On: 2019-07-13, By: RyGuy
Info: Still a fair bit of snow on Hagar. There is a pretty large snowfield just below the saddle to the west. This is the shallowest angle and wasn't too bad in microspikes with an ice axe around 8AM in the morning. The summit ridge is fairly snow free and just involves some quick scrambling to get up, but nothing too difficult. Easy class 3 at most. Picture 1: The large snowfield just to the west of the summit. Picture 2: The final section to the summit Picture 3: Looking back at Hagar from Golden Bear. Shows the snowfields on Hagar itself. 
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Route: Dry Gulch
Posted On: 2019-07-11, By: Jon Frohlich
Info: Still on and off a snow climb above treeline. In theory if you had a good freeze you could direct climb on snow almost to the summit but snow was way too soft today for that. Ice axe and microspikes were fine today. Summit ridge itself is dry. Below treeline it's just wet. Snow is all gone. 
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Route: Dry Gulch-south ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-18, By: B_2
Info: Dry Gulch is still snow covered but punchy in spots due to warm temps this week. Thursday night was a weak freeze. Its melting out fast. There was a large wet silde off the north wall/south-facing aspect of the gulch recently around 11,000ish. The snowpack in this basin is top-heavy right now in sun-exposed areas with some heavy melt-freeze crust. We experienced several "whumpfs" on the south facing slopes near tree-line when exiting the gulch/travelling up towards the high cirque. Once in the high cirque snow pack was frozen and stable. Cornices all around this area are falling or close to it. There is still plenty of snow to ski and good coverage to summits on both Hagar SE and Citadel SW. We did not want to descend this way as the day warmed for safety so we traveled the ridge over Golden Bear Peak and descended Loveland ski slopes on snow cat tracks. Without the tracks this would have been a swim at 11:30am and I imagine Dry Gulch would have been an abysmal and possibly dangerous place to be. 
 
Route: South face
Posted On: 2018-05-09, By: k-berger
Info: Big slides down the South Face of hagar, we skied the lookers left section early in the AM, it was hard pack but had we given it some time it would have corned nicely. There were tracks down the main gulley into the avy paths but not sure if they slid during the ski or wet slide later in the day. 
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Route: East ridge from Citadel
Posted On: 2017-12-17, By: Marmot72
Info: Ridge mainly dry, but some deep sugary snow on the south side amongst the rocks. 
 
Route: E-SE face via Dry Gulch
Posted On: 2012-11-24, By: sunny1
Info: Initial approx 1.25 mi of dirt road and trail were mostly dry. Mild bushwhack to 11,600-11,900 also dry with snow patches, nothing more than a few inches deep. Ascending the E-SE face, found unconsolidated snow anywhere from 6 inches deep to 3 ft deep, covering rocks, sometimes able to utilize bare rock to continue climbing. Only once in a shadowed area did I consider putting on microspikes. Otherwise, this hike is good to go with gaiters/poles only. Some light and mostly avoidable snow on the C3-4 approach to the summit, no ice. 

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