Horn Peak in January?

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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby traderaaron » Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:20 pm

Accessing the Dry Creek drainage trail to the ESE ridge is now believed to be the preferred winter route. This ridge is largely in sun and when I was on it last January it was nearly snow free. Where the trail crosses the creek you continue a little further and then just find a good place to gain the ridge. The crux of the route is visible at treeline where snow sometimes can load.
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby bigtrout » Tue Dec 07, 2010 7:40 pm

traderaaron wrote:Accessing the Dry Creek drainage trail to the ESE ridge is now believed to be the preferred winter route. This ridge is largely in sun and when I was on it last January it was nearly snow free. Where the trail crosses the creek you continue a little further and then just find a good place to gain the ridge. The crux of the route is visible at treeline where snow sometimes can load.


This is the route that Sen and I used last January. It was hit and miss snow until about 10,500 ft or so. After that, is was all snow, some solid some not-so-solid. We turned back at about treeline when the snow got deep and powdery and it was getting late. But, if we have more than two sets of feets breaking trail, we'll be able to make it past timberline.
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby timf » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:15 am

bigtrout wrote:But, if we have more than two sets of feets breaking trail, we'll be able to make it past timberline.


I move slower then a turtle with 3 broken legs "running" uphill in a pool of oil, so what we do is have me break trail when you guys want to take a break.
If we get 10 people making a trench would that be a yellow brick road to the summit? :-k

Attached is a pic that I took from a friend's house outside of Westcliffe. I believe the small peak on the left to be Little Horn, Horn Peak's east ridge traced in yellow, the standard NE ridge out of view, and Fluted I think is out of view between the 2. For those Sangre aficionados, do I have that correctly?

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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby timf » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:29 am

Never mind I think the revised attached yellow is the standard route (NE ish) and the red is the east ridge Bigtrout is referring to?
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby traderaaron » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:59 am

Here's a topo route showing a winter route to consider, plotted out to 3.5 miles and 4300'.
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby rijaca » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:52 pm

Jason Moore's Hiking Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Wilderness describes a route/trail up the NE ridge (Horn Peak trail). The following picture is from May 2008.
Horn Peak on the left, Point 12,665 on the right....
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Wed Dec 08, 2010 2:13 pm

Not in January, but I hope to hike that NE ridge within the next week. If so, I'll have some photos.
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby CRAIGO » Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:05 pm

Trail is broke all the way to treeline. Above treeline is almost entirely free of snow. Bring snowshoes for 10,000' to treeline.
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby traderaaron » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:54 am

CRAIGO wrote:Trail is broke all the way to treeline. Above treeline is almost entirely free of snow. Bring snowshoes for 10,000' to treeline.


On which route, standard summer or ridge off Dry Creek trail?
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby CRAIGO » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:24 am

The summer standard route.
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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby Marmot72 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:40 pm

When are people going? I love the Sangres, and this looks like a fun mountain for winter, because I'll be doing more interesting peaks like Pico Asilado in the summer...but I prefer a one day option.

I can do this Sunday 1/23, or next Sunday 1/30, or Saturday 2/5 or 2/19.

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Re: Horn Peak in January?

Postby EmmaM » Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:14 pm

I might be interested, depending on the day chosen.
I'll keep my eye on this topic.

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