Mt. Silverheels  
Condition Updates  
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: tcphoto87
Info: Overall good conditions, a little bit of snow here and there but mostly avoidable or easy to cross without traction. Most of the snow to cross is on the steep rib section up to the summit ridge. I brought spikes but never needed to put them on. First off, I would turn right and start ascending Before the towers, I went to the towers and followed a trail after the road ended that kept descending deeper down into the trees. There was no marker to turn that I saw and I have no idea where the trail I was following leads to, but it was quite a bit north of where the ridge is. Once I realized there was no way I was on the right trail I turned right and ascended right up the ridge and had to bushwhack for a little bit. (On the way down I didn't have to since I followed the ridge all the way back down to the road before the towers) Once on the ridge it was pretty straight forward but found cutting across in certain areas was a lot easier than ascending and descending for no reason. The rib up to the summit is no joke super steep, I took the one next to it down because there were several other people who all went up and down that way, which was a lot more gradual and had a trail too that seemed to come and go. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-08-31, By: Gandalf69
Info: Route was dry, windy. Only saw 2 people all day, and only when almost back to th. Took the yellow path down and back, blue going up. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-17, By: CaptCO
Info: Absolutely awesome route, one other group of 2 seen, haze wasn't bad. Creek crossing was doable in a stock RWD F-150. Drove to the TH at 11,200'. The road keeps going so stop on the teepee stacked trees. Quick hike to treeline where there's great camping areas near 11,700. Followed the high points of the slope best as possible. Well cairned route, 6.5~mi and 2,250'++ PM if you want a GPX file 
Route: From Beaver Meadows`
Posted On: 2020-08-05, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Dry the whole way up. Road up to 12k can be a little hard to follow if you're going by moonlight, even full moonlight; GPS came in handy at times. Path is fairly easy to follow at ridgeline, especially with cairns and wind shelters strategically placed along the way. Bring extra layers if night hiking, even though you'll only really need them the last 300-500'. Partner left a gray fleece at summit wind shelter. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: daway8
Info: Total summer conditions along the entire route - all remaining snow is off to the sides and not an issue. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: Ascended Northwest Ridge from Scott Gulch. I did not use flotation or any traction. I wish I had gaiters. Bushwhacking and snowfields and willows through the woods. This route would be ideal earlier in Spring with consolidated snow. Icy snowfields off the saddle. Descended North Spur from Hoosier Pass. Ridges are snow free. In hindsight not sure which route is better. The longer North Spur without snow but with elevation rollercoasters or Scott Gulch, shorter but with snowfields, willows, and bushwhacking. 
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Route: Scott Gulch
Posted On: 2020-05-18, By: krojanen
Info: Started at the upper Scott Gulch TH (per Roach's 13ers book-about 1.5 miles south of Hoosier Pass). Didn't see much of a trail most of the way and there was a bit of bushwhacking necessary down low. No traction was needed but definitely needed gaiters as there were intermittent sloppy snow fields to cross, for the most part though fairly dry all the way up. Strava tracked 7.5 miles RT and 3,600 gain. Views from the top were some of the best I've seen with Bross, Lincoln, Quandary and countless centennial and bicentennial 13ers staring you head on. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-05-09, By: Danger_D
Info: A few feet of snow on the ground for the first half mile or so until treeline. After that the route is 90% snow free, and all the snow is on pretty mellow terrain and melting fast. Spikes not required. I stashed my snowshoes after treeline, and they came in handy on the way back. The pic is north face of Silverheels seen from Hoosier Ridge 
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Route: South ridge
Posted On: 2020-04-28, By: VeraUndertow
Info: Climbed from Beaver Creek Trailhead, had a solid freeze overnight so I was able to make it past treeline without snowshoes on the way up, once above treeline the route was mostly a snow free walk across talus and tundra, as you break treeline you can see the summit and the route over to pt. 12,200, from 12,200 I stashed my snowshoes and managed to boot all the way to summit with maybe 1 or 2 postholes total. Was beautiful and clear up top with a nice windbreak to chill for a minute before my descent. Avoided the high spot of pt 13,004 on my way down by staying skiers right of it, and found a few trail spurs, this probably save a hundred feet of elevation gain and 1/10 of a mile. By the time I got back to treeline all the snow was slush and my snowshoes were finally useful until right before recrossing the creek to county road 655, from there it was a nice muddy walk out to my car 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-04-19, By: ttduncan
Info: The trip goal was to be safe, summit silverheels, ski chute from near the summit, ski a little more. I found and copied a garmin route from someone else. It was a hiking route that was from a summer time summit. After gearing up in the Hoosier pass parking lot we crossed highway 9 and stepped into skis to start skinning a few minutes before 8:00. We followed the existing skin track, which generally seemed to follow the route. As we skinned up for about 1.5m. We purposely headed south with silverheels in our sites. Probably should not have done this. This put us above the wrong drainage and above a large cornice. We traversed around the top of this and down skinned a little. Climbed up a small ridge and looked down the drainage that has the power line. We cloud see the regular trail to the northeast near to top of the ridge. No snow cover up there, so we felt ok about this extra skinning so we did not have to boot that part. From here we could see the chutes that we were hoping to ski after summiting. We could also see that we would have a significant booter to summit. We transitioned to ski down to the power line at the bottom, which was a welcome little change to ski instead of climb. Then a short transition and back to skinning up. We followed the snow patch that we called the third chute, meaning the third skiable snow field climbers right from the summit. The skinning up was generally fine, occasional bulletproof wind blow surface, but mostly light crusty stuff. At about 4 miles, we reached the top of the snow. We packed our skis and proceeded to boot up to the summit. Good fortune to see a herd of sheep, (15head). Wind had really picked up as we were now on the ridge. Still great views of quandary, Lincoln, Bross, and ten mile range. South Park was clouded in and a dark cloud was blowing from the west well beyond. Another 3/4 mile, and 400'? We hit the summit! Wind was crazy strong, and the west storm was blowing in fast. Visibility dropped to 100' and snowing horizontal. Temp felt about low 20's. We quickly turned down to get safe. We had already decided to not ski the steep chute and the weather change confirmed the decision. We booted back to where we transitioned to boots and put our skis on for the descent. Realizing we could have just left our skis there. Enjoyed the ski down in white out conditions and limited visibility. But we summited and we're on skis. The snow was hard and wind blown with occasional soft spots. Skied to the power line. Skins on and skinned south up to near the high south ridge of the summer trail. Headed west til we reached the obvious last place to descend. Ripped out and down to the trail head. We met our goals. Safe, summit, ski. Trip took us a couple hours more than planned. Planned 3400' vertical had about 4200', a little more mileage than planned, about a mile maybe. Will certainly like to get back and ski again. Will change the ascent route to match more closely to our descent. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-11-19, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Could be of questionable value after tomorrow, but if the forecasted storm turns out to be much ado about nothing: some postholing through the trees, but it's more worthwhile to suck it up and push through it than to carry snowshoes (which several in our group schlepped all the way but never put on, that's how un-noteworthy the struggle was!). Enough snow along the ridges and near gullies in consistency ranging from sugar to hard crust; microspikes came in handy. Ice ax is probably overkill unless you're as scatterbrained as I am, left your trekking poles in your own car, and were happy to be able to borrow *something* from your carpool driver - assuming you have it more together than I do, trekking poles will suffice. Windy as expected but warm - I didn't really need my ski jacket until the last ridgewalk below the summit, though it did come in handy as the clouds rolled over and temperatures dropped on the way down. 
Route: South Ridge from Beaver Creek
Posted On: 2019-08-08, By: zinj
Info:'s August, and this is a south-exposed route What did you expect to see when you clicked this conditions report? :-p 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-22, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Great route and entirely summer conditions. Unless you have a lifted or 4wheel vehicle, expect to park at the creek crossing and wade your way across Beaver Creek. Will post TR later with route details. Photos show where I parked near the creek crossing around 5am, where to cross the creek (shallowest/narrowest), and again in the daylight of afternoon. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-16, By: Randy1983
Info: Route is snow free with a nearly 500' glissade. I found a water bottle just after the willows on the west face around 12,500' below the start to the mellow ridge less than an hours hike from the TH. See picture. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: nyker
Info: We ascended the north spur route- Snow free on actual route. Took the long semi circular roundabout way around the basin under the power lines on the ridge and then went directly up from that to the north spur to climbers left of the snow still present. Pretty doable direct line and straightforward though reclimbing that lost elevation on that route is a killer at the end as you make your way back to the junction along Hoosier Ridge. Saw most others take the line to the west up the more gradual slope which works too, though its longer and you'll need to either drop down sooner to pick that approach up or climb up the north spur side and then crossover the snow at some point. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-05, By: IHikeLikeAGirl
Info: Down low the road was not muddy at all, a few (small) patches of muck near the willows, but not bad. Avoidable snow up high. Had an ice axe, used it for ~15 steps. Snow is wet and will somewhat support weight, but you will also post hole. Tried to follow the North Spur route, but that involved lots of loose scree and talus (doable, just annoying). I ascended on tundra (yellow) and descended on the loose mess (red line). Others whom had come up the loose scree and talus, said it sucked, opted to head down on the tundra, and made faster progress than I did. Highly recommend ascending/descending the grassy tundra (anything near my yellow line or to the right of it). Photo 1 - Ascent/Descent routes - Can save time and mileage by using a modified approach from Hoosier Pass, I was trying to follow the actual route. Photo 2 - Quandary and surrounding peaks I have more photos of surrounding peaks, if interested. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-06-29, By: madmattd
Info: Almost entirely snow free near/along the described route. Just a couple small snowfields to cross, and they are melting fast. Brought but had no need for spikes, boots were fine. Plenty of snow still in the gulleys, ridges are pretty clear in the area. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-06-08, By: hellmanm
Info: Snow in the trees, then otherwise mostly clear. Any snow above treeline is either avoidable or about 5 feet across. Start early! The snow in the trees goes for 1/4-1/2mile, and even at 11AM you'll be postholing (ask me how I know...). If you do end up with a late start, avoid willows like the plague on the way down. They're like posthole markers right now. Oh, and there are still a few cornices to avoid. You'll have lots of space, so it won't be an issue if you're paying attention. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2019-05-31, By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Attention SKIERS! The north side of Silverheels is in from the summit. Pick a line and go to town. Our crew skied two different lines and they were both stuffed. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2019-05-28, By: 9patrickmurphy
Info: Snow wasn't too thick, was climbing over rocks and snow the whole way up the ridge. Never put on snowshoes or even spikes, my mountaineering boots were plenty on the not-too-soft snow. Ice axe was super helpful, especially on the glissade I ended up taking. Not sure why the west ridge isn't a more popular route, especially in winter. A fair bit shorter than the north spur, and the terrain wasn't aything crazy. 

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