Mt. Silverheels  
Condition Updates  
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-04-18, By: durkan
Info: To reflect the previous report, snowshoes would highly help at the moment until the trail packs back in. We started at 06:40, donned snowshoes immediately just to avoid carrying them and they came in handy for the majority of the ascent. In the afternoon we kept them off and it was more of a slog. Why we didn't put them back on? Well, we'll blame altitude. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-04-18, By: DrSluice
Info: Plenty of snow on the route. I hiked but I'd highly recommend snowshoes. Most snow was around 4 inches deep but some areas were up to the knee or hip. Took me 8 hours and conditions were challenging, 18 degrees F with 40 mph wind making it feel like -8F. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-04-10, By: ekalina
Info: I thought I might get away without snowshoes, since the part through the trees is so short, but I only made it a couple hundred feet before postholing to my knees despite the good overnight freeze. Luckily I had the snowshoes in the car, so I just walked back and grabbed them. Kept them on through the trees and then stashed them at the very highest dwarf tree that I could find heading up to the ridge. Didn't need them again until my return, but used spikes on the north face rib (helpful but probably not strictly necessary). The rib itself seemed quite a bit easier than it appeared from my preview of it on Hoosier Ridge. Though there are some ribbons/fields of snow on it, they didn't pose any difficulties. A couple of photos are attached. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-04-03, By: bfaulkne
Info: Got revenge today after turning back two weeks ago. Snowshoes still necessary through treeline and a little beyond. There's an unavoidable patch of snow just before the final push to the summit, but there's a decent boot track through it and snowshoes aren't necessary. Brought the snowshoes along just in case, but really didn't need traction or flotation just beyond treeline. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-03-20, By: bfaulkne
Info: Conditions were perfectly fine for a summit. Flotation necessary to treeline. It looked like the rest of the route could be completed with no flotation or traction. Microspikes might be helpful on the final summit push, but I didn't make it that far. A lot of solid, wind-blown snow. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-03-06, By: gluckhikes
Info: Well defined snowshoe track up to ridge, flotation still very helpful. Patchy snow and tundra along the ridge. Traction helpful on steep climb and descent of Silverheels itself. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-12-14, By: gluckhikes
Info: Flotation required beyond the first mile on the road. Knee deep powder above the road. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-11-27, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: Fairly standard early winter conditions I think. Lots of trapdoors and thin snow. It was drifted pretty deep in places. It was frustrating because it was maybe waist deep at the worst spot but not extended enough to warrant getting out the snowshoes. Wiser hikers could likely walk around my mistakes. I used snowshoes in the beginning, but once I hit the ridge they were a hindrance. The N. spur had a lot of looseish scree covered by loose snow that wasn't fun to get up but the summit views were well wort The pictures make the coverage look better than it is 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2020-11-21, By: dolfh
Info: There is 2-3 inches of snow in a few spots between Hoosier Pass and the North Spur of Mt. Silverheels. The North Spur route is steep, averaging 30 degrees for several hundred feet. There are snow covered switchbacks through the steep talus. No floatation or traction required today. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-05, By: colin j
Info: Beautiful day today with no clouds, negligible wind, and temps in the upper 30s. Some icy patches below treeline and avoidable snow patches above treeline; traction, poles, etc. not necessary. Will likely change this weekend. 
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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. 
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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. 
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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 
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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. 
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