"Hassell Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Ridge from Butler Gulch
Posted On: 2021-04-04, By: supranihilest
Info: There's a superhighway from Butler Gulch Trailhead to treeline. "Hassel"'s northeast ridge is visible from treeline. We snowshoed below the saddle with the ridge, where things dried out slightly, but ultimately kept our snowshoes on until the snow became too steep and canted north to remain safe. At this point I brought out the ice axe; Heather put on microspikes. She did not have the former, I did not have the latter. I kicked steps up the sometimes soft, usually rock hard snow knife edge all the way to the ridge. The last 100 or so feet were very steep, highly exposed, and the snow was super hard. I'm sure the steps I kicked will remain for several days if not longer. The rest of the ridge to the summit was easy with some minor scrambling and minor postholing. To descend we went down "Hassel"'s broad, snowy east ridge to a flat-ish spot on the ridge, then went north avoiding the cliffs. The approximate route is hard to describe in detail but it can be viewed from the saddle on the northeast ridge almost all the way to the summit, so just make a mental map of your descent route. We then snowshoed back up about 200 vertical feet to the saddle, then back to the trailhead. I found an ice axe useful for the snow on the upper ridge; Heather found microspikes useful. Bring at least one, either traction or an ice axe, since you will not want to be without, even with pre-kicked steps. Snowshoes were useful but probably not necessary, especially with hard snow. Most of our snow was icy but you will obviously find very variable conditions this time of year. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-24, By: jmanner
Info: Hassell is super in, on all aspects it seems. I'd be careful skiing anything steep too soon, my partner saw shooting cracks skiing the melow east slopes. 
Route: From Herman Lake
Posted On: 2021-01-02, By: bludwig
Info: To Herman Lake was nice and tracked. Everything above was deep and horrible until the final ridge. Some cornices starting to form on the ridge. Pettingell would probably be a much better/easier summit 
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Route: Butler Gulch
Posted On: 2020-12-05, By: cougar
Info: Trail is well packed to treeline, but lots of soft deep snow on all aspects above treeline, including ridges. Even on the crest of the divide to the summit, and on rock, there was about 3 feet of unsupportive snow, even with snowshoes. Little windblown or crusted, it's mostly powdery even if it looks windblown. Similar all along the ridge to Jones Pass, trail is snow covered sidehilling. Coverage is very good for early season skiing. Would probably be easier to climb Hassell from Herman Gulch with these conditions, hopefully less of a slog. Purple snowflake day for sure. 
Route: From herman gulch
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: Trotter
Info: Trail to herman lake has some mud, and a few snow sections that are mostly pre-postholed. Ridge to Hassell in great shape, only a couple short snow sections to cross. Almost summer conditions, did it in trail runners 
Route: NE Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-11, By: jmanner
Info: Hassell is very in. Good climbing and good skiing today be had. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-06, By: supranihilest
Info: The ridge from Pettingell to "Hassel" is very long. About half to two thirds of it is scrambling. Once you're past the scrambling the terrain becomes mostly Class 1 with a little bit of Class 2 for each successive bump along the summit ridge. The summit appears to be the middle of the three bumps. To return to Herman Gulch take the obvious trail down, this is the Continental Divide Trail. 
Route: Jones Pass
Posted On: 2019-09-08, By: shaunblair
Info: Summer conditions, as expected. Was surprised to still see patches of snow in the surrounding basins. Shared the summit with the "Devil on the Divide" racers, note that the first weekend after Labor Day has this annual race occur. 
Route: Go Up
Posted On: 2019-05-28, By: dubsho3000
Info: Lots of snow in the area, and large cornices as well. Was able to skin from the parking lot up to a shallow buttress. From there it was all snow to the ridge. The backside of Hassell is a mix of snow and rock, but it's definitely skiable from the summit on the front-side. 
Route: via CDT from Herman Gulch
Posted On: 2018-09-07, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Great trail the entire way up Hassell from Herman Gulch, summer conditions. I'd recommend taking the CDT up for sure, it's scenic and a nice hike. It also makes for a great loop if you include Pettingell via the East Ridge and down the South Slopes. 
Route: northeast bowl
Posted On: 2017-02-20, By: AndyJB444
Info: Good coverage in both the southeast and northeast bowls for skiing. 
Route: Herman Gulch Trailhead Approach
Posted On: 2016-07-17, By: jasayrevt
Info: Clear and very nice enjoyable trip with reaching summit. Great, beautiful 13er mountain. This route is definitely cool and lightly traveled. Prime summer conditions up high for navigating slopes & ridge line well. Trail runners and light pack were good. Travel safely / swiftly in the hills folks. Pictures included as beta 
Route: E Ridge from Butler
Posted On: 2012-01-07, By: Monster5
Info: Attempted the longer East ridge from Butler Gulch after gaining pt 12,109 (snowshoes/spikes helpful but not needed). Turned back just below the junction with the continental divide (~12,750) due to a section with poor avy conditions (tension cracks either side of a convex) and no safe passage. The cornice on the divide is also starting to get pretty hefty. From this approach, I would recommend crossing the longer E/W ridge bordering Butler and contouring into the basin above and to the east of Hassell Lake before picking an obvious, currently safe line up Hassell's direct, east flank. Or take Jones Pass Road all the way to the Divide before heading south. 

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