Homestake Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-20, By: mk12
Info: I am not convinced the current skin track is the safest route to the top. The route currently gains the ridge around 12000' crossing right under a moderately sized avalanche slope. You can gain the ridge at its base around 11800'. I got a decent look at this route as it was the way I descended and offers some protection from the nearby avy terrain. Don't get too low on this route as I nearly did. Both routes would originate from near the hut. Further evaluation need. Conditions were windy but was able to ski from summit. 
Route: From Crane Trailhead
Posted On: 2021-03-09, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: With the incoming storm, this information will likely soon be outdated. Great conditions on Homestake today. Followed snowmobile/ski tracks along the FS roads to the trailhead. Eventually veered off the road directly towards Homestake on a good ski track through the woods to treeline. From there, it's a straightforward climb up the ridge to the summit. With the warm weather, I used snowshoes most of the day to stay afloat. Super peak to climb in winter -- safe and straightforward, with tremendous views of the Sawatch and Mosquito Ranges and the Arkansas River Valley. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-02-28, By: Sbenfield
Info: A great route in winter with low avalanche risk. We went all the way to the 10th mountain hut, very well packed down by the skiers. From there we gained the East ridge, and that had a track too from skiers. The ridge was straightforward, quick, & gentle. We saw a few snowboarders ride down the ridge from summit. Made me wish I brought my skiis!! 
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Route: East ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-24, By: Agstrohmeier
Info: A party of 3 went to the summit - they may have better details if they post. We skinned up the valley to the hut, and then to the lower slopes of Homestake Peak today. We turned around about 1/3 of the way up the ridge and did a couple laps where it was holding softer snow than we expected. Above that, we felt more wind-affected snow and saw a lot more exposed rock, and that paired with decreasing visibility we decided not to continue to the summit. Good coverage to the hut, although we skied down the skin track to avoid putting skins on as much as possible in the lower angle meadows. I haven't skied this area to know how it looks normally this time of year, but there is definitely still a lot of rock and stumps barely covered in the area. Ski with caution. 
Route: Modified east ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-18, By: geg86
Info: Unsupportive snow, postholed to knee + with flotation. Stayed south since it was a more direct approach to the ridge and avoided avy terrain but regretted not following a packed trail to the hut before cutting south. Trenched to 11,300' 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-30, By: Jon Frohlich
Info: We only made it a bit past Lily Lake because no one had been up the road beyond and the postholing was deep. You could also try and use the packed trail to the 10th Mountain Hut and then try to get to the ridge from there but we hiked that track towards the hut and never saw any sign of travel towards Homestake that way either. Regardless it's going to take a new trench to get to the upper ridge and the summit and some extra effort. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-05, By: supranihilest
Info: The trail from Crane Park is easy to follow. I cut off of it a few miles in and made my own more direct path, then followed a skin track up ledges above some cliffs marking the toe of the east ridge. Once on the ridge it's clear sailing. Snow was in great shape the entire way up and down. Flotation is necessary but leave the traction and ice axe at home. 
Route: 10th Mountain Hut
Posted On: 2020-03-01, By: 13erRetriever
Info: We came in from the 10th Mountain Hut via Crane Park and the trail to the hut is well traveled, clearly marked, packed down, and obvious. Snowshoes were needed from the road to the hut. Spikes would not cut it (we tried). From the hut to the summit, snowshoes were again necessary the entire way. This is not a bare windswept ridge and again, spikes will not take you to the top without significant post holing (I triiiied!). We put in a trench to the base of the ridge that might stay until the next snow this week. The wind blew away our path fast once on the ridge but it's obvious where you need to go once there. No cornice danger from what we could see from below. We followed SnowAlien's GPX track and it worked great so I won't upload another report of the same here. 
Route: East ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-17, By: Alrightmax
Info: Consistent snowpack after 2-3 miles up the jeep road. The gate to the road is open, but no vehicle would be able to get up it yet. Some tricky stream crossings that will likely get worse in the near future, and a lot of mud. Flotation will be needed at and above treeline. Might be good for skiing if the snow isn't too wet; we were postholing a bit with snowshoes though. 
Route: SE Ridge
Posted On: 2019-02-11, By: drop_bear
Info: Good hardpack/trench for the first three miles. After that it's knee to waist deep powder. Didn't make the summit, but there is a good trench to nearby PT 10904. 
Route: Hut trail, then E ridge
Posted On: 2019-01-03, By: Trotter
Info: Fantastic trench to hut, then we made a trench to E ridge, and followed it up. Snowshoes needed till halfway up ridge, and microspikes needed to summit. Ridge had an inch or two of snow, and it was way too bulletproof for skiers, yet. 
Route: NE slopes
Posted On: 2017-03-26, By: Jay521
Info: GreenhouseGuy and I put in a trench from near the hut to the ridge. Bring your snowshoes and have fun! 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-14, By: highcountryhiker
Info: Started at the Wuritz Ditch Road TH on the Colorado Trail. Followed Colorado Trail to road to Lily Lake. From Lily Lake followed trail toward West Tennessee Lakes, then bushwhacked to timberline and ascended the east ridge. Colorado Trail segment dry; road to Lily Lake mostly dry; West Tennessee Lakes trail mostly dry with a trace of snow in a few shady areas and very minor avoidable ice in a couple of wet areas; bushwhack and east ridge both dry. No traction or gaiters needed. These conditions may change significantly if predicted storm on Thursday and Thursday evening verifies. 
Route: Southeast Ridge from 10th Mountain Hut
Posted On: 2016-04-04, By: Tony1
Info: There is a stellar trench (from hut traffic) from the junction of Lake County Road 19 and Wuritz Ditch Road to the 10th Mountain Division Hut, along the winter route. The route is also well-marked on the trees. The entire rest of the route from the hut to the summit is snow-covered, and we put in a good trench snaking up through the trees, to the ridge, and right up to the summit. You will definitely want to bring snowshoes, even if you don't use them in the early morning. We used them from the hut to the summit, then for the entire descent. Don't forget trekking poles if you have them. Go get it before the next storm fills it in! 
Route: Slide lake circuit
Posted On: 2015-06-27, By: jeremy27
Info: Ascended the ridge from the lake and then followed the ridge around Slide Lake and back to the road. Fun hike. I recommend it. Snow can be avoided but the mosquitos can not. They are horrific and followed me to 12500. Hardest part of the hike was dealing with them. Bring deet. Good luck. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2015-04-12, By: jblyth
Info: Parked at the bottom of Crane Park TH and took winter route up to the 10th mountain hut. Skin track was spotty and not ideal, but got better within a few miles. Perfect skin/snowshoe conditions up the ridge and a great descent in the chutes/bowls of the ridge. Descended down to Webster gravel pit and took the road back down to the car. Would highly recommend driving up that road (it‘s clear) and cutting of a few miles of up and down on the winter route out. 
Route: East ridge
Posted On: 2014-03-24, By: bergsteigen
Info: Skied the east ridge via a slightly different approach route described before. Got some local beta from the 10th Mountain Hut caretaker as we were starting out (from the lower hut parking). There is parking at the upper lot for a few vehicles, but the road isn‘t plowed all that frequently, so beware. Overall, a good safe ski with only a few rocks to carefully slide through near the top. Only one or two meadow stomps on the way out, with a short ski carry up the road. Very windy & cold conditions near the top froze my hands and camera battery link More images/maps 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2012-02-26, By: FireOnTheMountain
Info: Fun Fun. Really liked this mountain! Snowmobilers laid an awesome track that I was able to follow for a good 2-2.5 miles. The track was most useful after Lily Lake when the tress open up and you're in a meadow overlooked by the objective at hand. After the meadow, tracks ended, trees started up again and I took charge. Descended a different route than I ascended (had to chase down my Alti mit liner!) Some might cringe at the little slope I went up on the ascent but it was east facing thus crunchy and not very deep. Could bypass this slope if you go right at the base of it and kind of wrap around it. That was the only avy concern of the day. The middle chute in pic 3 is what I went down. Would make a safe ski descent now. Just drove as far as I could on CR 19 where there was a parking lot. 

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