"Igloo Peak"  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: From Independence Pass
Posted On: 2019-09-26, By: supranihilest
Info: There's a trail 95% of the way up "Igloo" from the pass, and the trail runs out into some black tooth-like rock near the summit. This is the jagged part of the ridge visible from the pass. This goes at Class 2+ and is fairly solid. Everything after this initial black rock section is dinner plated like crazy. There's a trail to the summit. I attempted to get to "Mountain Boy Peak" but knew the ridge direct did not go, so I descended down the dinner plates. They are terribly loose and shifty, and I didn't feel like dropping down like 500 feet on that junk (and then reascending it on the way back) since the day was getting late. It's probably doable but it would be a hard-fought scrap reascending it. 
 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-03, By: AnnaG22
Info: Summer conditions, easy to follow trail. This hike is ~5 miles roundtrip. mostly class 1 with a very tiny class 2 section at the top which may be too much for some senior dogs (some big steps). Great views. 
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Route: North Ridge from Independence Pass
Posted On: 2019-07-08, By: kingshimmers
Info: The trail starts out wet from Independence pass, and there are still two fairly large, relatively flat snow fields to cross as you travel southwest. The snow is heavily suncupped but still deep enough to posthole up to mid-thigh in places. Waterproof footwear and gaiters are necessary, but traction isn't needed. Above ~12,300' the trail is dry to the summit, though there are still large cornices breaking away on the east side of the ridge that are pretty cool to see. 
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Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-16, By: supranihilest
Info: There's a lot of snow between Independence Pass and "Igloo" and most of it is terribly suncupped and annoying to walk on. When you get close to the giant cornice about halfway along the ridge stay well away from it; it's actually pulling away from the ridge and you could potentially be walking on a cornice that could fall into Mountain Boy Gulch. There's a short section near the actual summit (not the false summit, which is Class 1 to get to) that turns into a bit of a snowy, posthole-d, Class 2+ scramble, but it's easily doable in just trail runners in current conditions. It's a couple of moves and then it returns to dry ground to the summit. If you plan on going over to "Mountain Boy Peak" you'll want to bring crampons; I went a good ways down "Igloo"'s west slopes (which are unimaginably loose) trying to find a safe place to cross over and hike to "Mountain Boy" but it was all moderate snow and my microspikes didn't feel safe enough. Crampons and an axe could have done the traverse. I probably don't need to warn since you'll take one look and agree, but stay off the connecting ridge proper, it's a death trap of exposed, incredibly loose garbage. 
 
Route: Independence Pass
Posted On: 2017-06-03, By: jasayrevt
Info: 13er summits are an inspiring, invigorating hobby. This classic route is another recommended, straightforward path. It has incredible views of many quality neighboring Sawatch Range Peaks (Twining, Geissler, etc). Conditions up high were spring bluebird. So, perfect for navigating these slopes and ridge line extremely well. Standard light pack plus trail runners approach was good. Climb safely mountaineers. Pictures have been included as beta 
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Route: Independence Pass
Posted On: 2016-08-30, By: JasonKline
Info: A very small amount of frost covering some rocks on the west side of the ridge from Independence Pass to Igloo, but nothing to cause any concern. 

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