Hagerman Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: SW ridge from south then down west NW gully
Posted On: 2021-03-08, By: blazintoes
Info: Hiked up to Geneva Lake with team Snowmass then solo around south to gain the ridge. Went out and back on the tedious class 3 ridge with classic Elk looseness. Snow on the ridge was a bastard. So chose rocks with crampons up and some snow down. Freaking beautiful winter day! The Elks are so dang pretty and pristine in snow. Went down the west NW gully and had perfect plunge stepping conditions. We battled with avy areas up to Geneva and they triggered on the way down. No avy concerns on my route up or down. Team Snowmass found a better way down through the willows and I was thankful on my return!!! 
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Route: Southface
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: Kitten
Info: Summer conditions for the whole route. Ascended the Southwest ridge (fun route, challenging) and descended the South Face (very loose, I would not recommend). Went up from Geneva Lake (camp) to Trail Rider, then gully to access the ridge (route #2 description from Roach). Just a note that the creek is not running any water right now at the junction of Geneva Trail and Trail Rider, so the last source of water would be at the Lake. First pic: ridge Second pic: peaks as seen from Geneva Lake 
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Route: SW Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: angry
Info: Well defined and easy to follow Geneva Lake to Trail Rider Pass trail to the point where you leave to access the ridge. Rained all night and most of the morning, so we did get soaked in the willows. Ridge felt solid overall. Descended a gully to meet back up with trail which worked great as the dirt had softened in the rain and allowed for some muddy plunge steps. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-15, By: bunny256
Info: Creek crossing at north end of Geneva Lake requires getting feet wet, otherwise completely dry summer conditions 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: HikerBox
Info: A few patches of snow in the trees above Geneva Lake but otherwise it's easy to avoid snow. The south face is divided by ribs separated by shallow gullies that are still mostly filled with snow. The middle rib seemed the least loose but was a little jungle gym-y. I came down the right rib which had a lot of scree and wouldn't be fun to go up. 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: jjust
Info: https://www.jamesjusthiking.com/2020-trip-reports/hagerman-peak 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-28, By: macgyver
Info: From Lead King is basically snow free except for a few hundred yards in the drainage before ascending the ridge, appx 11800'. Stream fording after Geneva is unavoidable, 6+" of water. Ridge rock is typical Elk rock - it wants to hurt you on both hand and foot holds if unfamiliar with it. Photo: right is Geneva Lake area, left is the slight snow encountered. The ridge is gained further down at the 2nd lower saddle. 
Route: West Gully to Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: WildWanderer
Info: Geneva Lake snow free. Creek crossings were up to my knees in places but I'm short. Used the 1st gully on the west to avoid snow and wasn't disappointed: gained the ridge as quickly as possible. Trail was snow free from trailhead to summit on all the areas that mattered. Water on trail near waterfalls. 
Route: West Gully to Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: WildWanderer
Info: Geneva Lake snow free. Creek crossings were up to my knees in places but I'm short. Used the 1st gully on the west to avoid snow and wasn't disappointed: gained the ridge as quickly as possible. Trail was snow free from trailhead to summit. 
Route: SW Ridge and S face
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: CarpeDM
Info: Trail to Geneva Lake is snow-free, but has some places with water run-off -- nothing major. Still plenty of snow around Geneva Lake (and some exposed trail) -- no flotation needed, though. The creek above the lake must be forded -- at least mid-calf depth. From there, snow completely covered the west side of the SW ridge (including the trail) - again, no flotation needed. I made my way around to the southern aspect approximately on the Trail Rider Pass trail. Once you're ready to leave Trail Rider Pass trail, be prepared for a snow climb. I used crampons and axe to ascend a couloir to access the SW ridge at about 12,700 (left edge of pic 1). Small rocks (and a couple of not so small rocks) littered the path to the couloir. However, they were mostly from climber's left of the couloir instead of the couloir itself, the snow was still in very good condition, and no rocks came loose while I ascended. The ridge was essentially dry. But there was one short downclimb to a tiny saddle that required a reachy move to avoid some snow. Was hoping to glissade or plunge step the S face, but the by now too soft snow made me settle (mainly) for a tedious downclimb of a loose, bare rock rib. 
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Route: SouthEast Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-19, By: wondering_hough
Info: No need for traction. The creek crossing on Geneva lake's north side was not at the marked trail, we had to get creative to get over and not submerge our boots. We were attempting Hagerman's SE face route but mistakenly followed the approach the the SE RIDGE route. It rained on us from 745am to our turn around point, 12,451, at 10am.... we couldn't see anything and just followed the terrain. The face held some snow but it all was avoidable. 
Route: S face
Posted On: 2018-06-05, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: The upper road is snow free and driveable to the Lead King TH. S face was really suncupped, i climbed up via snow and descended via a rocky rib to the climbers right of the gully. I did not need any traction to make it down with this route. Lake is mostly melted, some snow in the trees to make it over the ridge but no need for snow shoes. Snow below treeline was generally rotten and snow above treeline was supportive. Not sure there is currently a way to make it across to the trail without fording the inlet - the outlet logs were under water. 
Route: SW ridge
Posted On: 2018-05-29, By: Marmot72
Info: No snow until Lake Geneva, then the trail lost in soft, snow (no hard freeze the night before). Trail rider pass indistinguishable under all this post-hole snow, so took a couloir for a direct route to the SW ridge. Ridge all dry except for snow below summit that made for nice steps. Descent on mellow snow on the south face, from east of the summit. 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2017-09-23, By: desertdog
Info: We opted for the South Face rather than the ridge because of the wind forecast. It was completely dry on the whole route. If you stay on the right of the gully there are large rocks allowing you to avoid most of the loose rock. Not bad at all. 
Route: SM ridge & S face
Posted On: 2017-08-07, By: TallGrass
Info: Ridge from Snowmass Mtn. is snow free though there are some lingering snowfields in the basin towards Geneva. There's one snowfield on the south face but it's easily avoidable. 
Route: South face
Posted On: 2015-07-05, By: Jason Halladay
Info: Snow free from Crystal to about 12,000‘. Easy summer snow crossings to get to south face. The gullies on the south face are full of summer snow and a bit icy on the edges but the rock ribs on the side of the gullies allow for easy and direct scrambling. 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2015-06-21, By: taylorzs
Info: Hagerman‘s south face has lots of snow on it but a very large wet slab avalanche that ran sometime last week has left most of the south face runneled. Cramponing conditions are not bad but ski conditions would be pretty bad for most of the face. The one couloir off the false summit to looker‘s right of the main summit that Chris Davenport also skied for his centennial ski project did not slide yet and is in great condition for skiing. We climbed up the avy debris below the summit, skied off the summit ridge scrambled back up to the false summit and skied the looker‘s right couloir off the false summit to looker‘s right of the main summit. 
Route: SW ridge
Posted On: 2014-09-21, By: SnowAlien
Info: Summer conditions on the mountain. Stayed either on the ridge crest or as close as reasonable with sustained Class 3/4 scrambling with one or two low 5 move in order to stay on solid rock ("easier" bypasses on less solid rock available). Noted sketchy looking blocks within 100 ft from the summit (angle of repose is a concern). Descended SW ridge as well, with route much easier to see on the way down. Rock on the ridge looked fairly solid, but I‘d still test every hold. Ridge difficulty is somewhat similar to S ridge on Snowmass, just a little shorter in length. 
Route: South Face snow
Posted On: 2014-06-22, By: JosephG
Info: Snow free to Lead King Basin (via Crystal), snow free to Geneva Lake. After that? Snow. Lots of it. Some of the best snow either of us has climbed. There are three gullies filled with snow, all lead to the summit ridge. The official south face route is the furthest right (south) and has the most moderate angle. The gully furthest left (by the southwest ridge) has steady snow and convex features. All have some sun cupping down low. The southwest ridge appeared mostly clear, but I suspect there was some snow hidden there. Do not take the north fork approach, as the river is impassable. Similarly, it would be quite a trick to cross just below Geneva Lake. Decent fording opportunities are present just above the lake. Start early and snowshoes aren't necessary. Edit: right. But, yes, mildly protruding snow bumps. That‘s what happens when you provide an update on little sleep with uncooperative internet. 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-09-22, By: rockymountaindiva
Info: Took the upper 4WD road in a Ford Expedition. Wheel base was a little too long for even this road, the back bottomed out about 4X in the hour that it took us to get from Marble to the 4WD trailhead. Road was in good condition (dry). Camped at Lake Geneva, fall colors starting and very lovely. On the way to Hagerman, some patches of snow around 12,000‘, more higher, very firm and slippery in the am. We had yak trax/microspikes in our packs and were too lazy to put them on, which might have helped a little. Summited around 10:30 am, and for the descent the snow was pretty soft. This was helpful for plunge-stepping, but in some places made things a little slick. North-facing slopes on other peaks held considerably more snow. Photo 1: Fall vegetation Photo 2: Looking up towards Hagerman en route, close to 12,000‘ Photo 3: Snowmass Mountain from Hagerman, see difference in amount of snow between N (right) and S (left) facing slopes 

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