Peak(s):  Hoosier Ridge  -  13,352 feet
Red Mtn C  -  13,229 feet
Red Pk A  -  13,215 feet
Date Posted:  10/03/2016
Modified:  03/23/2019
Date Climbed:   09/05/2016
Author:  JQDivide
 Ups and Downs of Hoosier (w times)   

Hoosier Ridge has more ups and downs than an afternoon Quickie, and is far less satisfying.

This was a 'checkmark' hike to get these peaks off the 13ers list. I wasn't sure what to expect, and ended up not caring for the hike. BUT it was good to be out because my other plans got changed due to the high winds, 40-50 mph gusts, predicted over most of the state's 14ers. There was wind on the Ridge all afternoon, but not too bad. I actually wore ear plugs to keep the noise down.

The day was sunny and I was able to sleep in for an 'early' 11:30 a.m. start.

How about this for math...
11,550 FT TH Elevation
13,352 FT Hoosier Ridge Elevation
1,802 FT of Elevation Gain?
Nope... 3,000 FT of total Elevation... meaning there is 1,198 feet of extra Up-and-Down along the ridge.

Now toss in the traverse to Red Mountain and Red Peak and the Elevation goes up to by at least 800 feet, plus a couple up and downs.
It is nine miles in-and-out to Hoosier Ridge. It's about 1.4 miles to Red Mountain, and 1.4 miles to Red Peak, but only 2.6 miles for a traverse to both if you cut across the north side of Hoosier.

I lost count of the highs and lows. The return trip was the worst of it, because I wasn't sure just how many more ups there were before I could drop off the ridge and head toward the TH.

This is a great time to tell you, and myself, do your research about your trip before you go, not after. Like I said earlier, I wasn't sure what to expect, because I didn't really look at the route description. I knew to go to Hoosier Pass, park and walk across the street and turn left. I'd seen the Ridge from Quandary and the other peaks, but never really studied it.

The best part of this hike were the views of the Mosquito and Tenmile Ranges.

11:25, TH
12:10, (45m) start of ridge
12:40, (1hr, 15m) turn off to Silver Heels
1:40, (2hr, 15m) Hoosier Ridge Summit
2:15, (2hr, 50m) Red Mountain
3:00, (3hr, 35m) Red Peak
3:30, (4hr, 5 m) back at Hoosier Ridge Summit
4:25, (5hr) back at Silver Heels turn off
4:55, (5 hr, 30m) end of ridge
5:25, (6hr) TH

View to the West: Bross and Lincoln on the left.

View to the West: Mosquito and Tenmile Ranges

View of the Ridge


You can skip all the Up and Downs of this ridge and hike Silverheels from the South. Check out that TR.
View of the Ridge

View of Red Mountain

View to the West: Mosquito and Tenmile Ranges

View of Red Peak and Hoosier Ridge from Red Mtn

Red Peak from Red Mtn

Looking back at the north slope of Hoosier Ridge as I came from Red Mtn to Red Peak

Heading to Red Peak

Interesting rock wall formation on the way to Red Peak

Hoosier Ridge and Red Mountain from Red Peak

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Comments or Questions
10/26/2016 21:44
This is a surprisingly underrated day at altitude.

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