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|2015-03-21||Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Info: Hard packed snow up to the radio towers and on to the first point on the ridge...No flotation needed in the morning but was necessary in the afternoon (3 PM or so). Some sketchy looking/feeling south facing slopes prevented us from cutting over to the saddle between Hoosier Ridge and Silverheels early, so we followed the ridge up to 13K and turned north towards Silverheels. The north spur itself is relatively dry, and the snow that is up there is pretty shallow.
|2015-03-14||Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Info: Left the ridge up to Heartbreak around 12600 and did a descending contour down to about 12100 and booted up the north spur from the saddle. Stayed more to the ridge on the way back and regained my steps around 12350. Avy conditions good on route. Not much snow and a few inches of quickly melting fresh. Sort of pick-your poison as per the regain. The ridge from Heartbreak might be easier and less snow but longer. Snowshoes used from treeline to summit but not really needed on the spur. You MIGHT be able to get away without them by following the N ridge. About 5 hrs RT. A couple friends did Hoosier and the Reds after we split up on Heartbreak.
|2014-12-17||Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Info: Beautiful day on the mountain. Knee/thigh-deep postholing for appx. 1-1.5 mi until we reached the "heartbreak hill" ridge. Snowshoes definitely make for a better time. We skirted around the south face of the ridge and encountered variable conditions--rock and more postholing until we reached the powerlines. After the powerlines it was mostly windswept--got awesome traction with microspikes on the grass/thin snow on the summit push. Not sure how much snow has fallen in the past 36 hours but we left a pretty solid trench in the deeper areas.
|2013-06-23||Route: West Ridge
Info: Dry Dry Dry... The route is fairly straight forward on the ascent but you will probably end up descending too far north - just keep working down the drainage and you‘ll be fine. The crossing at Beaver Creek is about 4-5 feet wide, no issues.
|2012-12-12||Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Info: Finally, some snow! I didn‘t take or feel the need for snowshoes--on the lower portion of the route, the snow was mostly slightly above my ankles. I post-holed several times in the willows, but snowshoes wouldn‘t have been much help. On the ridge, the snow was quite wind-blown; there are some cornices developing but these sections of deeper snow can be avoided. I didn‘t see any ice and didn‘t take my microspikes out of my pack. **I know the forecast is for more snow this weekend, but hopefully these pictures can give you an idea of where the older snow is.**
|2012-11-10||Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Info: Beautiful day, with a horrible forecast. It was forecasted for 8" of snow and we didn‘t get anywhere close to that. Storms were coming in chunks separated by wonderful hours of blue sky and sunshine. However - white out conditions up top. Winds in this area were serious. As soon as we hit the summit ridge we couldn‘t see two feet in front our face and were constantly leaning into the wind. I wore microspikes the whole day and wouldn‘t have thought of taking them off. Snowshoes are unnecessary. At most, there was 1-2‘ of snow - but that only came in small patches. You can easily walk around the deep drifts and stay on solid ground
|2012-10-21||Route: South Ridge
Info: Snow free the whole way. Trails above timerline are hit or miss - just follow the ridge. Beautiful hike. 4x4 approach was doable in a stock Ford Ranger. Hunters everywhere so you might want to wear something orange. Good luck.
|2012-05-16||Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Info: Snow was easily avoidable on the route. No snowshoes or microspikes necessary. There‘s still a great glissade down Silverheels. Pictures are at http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3977853335218.167486.1547160987&type=1
|2012-05-13||Route: West Ridge
Info: Made it up Silverheels today before the weather hit. Silverheels‘ West Ridge is mostly snow free if you want to weave around small snowfields, with the caveat that it was snowing pretty hard at the Eisenhower tunnel on the way out. Any snow that is left is avoidable or very short/easy to cross. Did not need any sort of traction.
|2012-01-04||Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Info: Hiked Silverheels from Hoosier Pass (via Hoosier Ridge) and never needed snowshoes or microspikes. Snowshoes could have been helpful for the willows near treeline, but I never put them on. Snow along the ridge was pretty firm and there wasn‘t much snow between Hoosier Ridge and the summit of Silverheels. link Route Description on 13ers.com
Info: Southern route is 99.9% free of snow. Very small pockets left that are easily avoided.
|2011-05-26||Route: West Ridge
Info: Below treeline was patchy snow--the sort where you‘ll be forced to put on snowshoes one minute, then be forced to remove them the next! Snow was never more than a few feet deep, and the relatively treeless areas had lots of bare ground...the descent into the creek was consistently snowy, but not really steep enough for a decent glissade. I‘m unsure if the creek has running water under the snow, but I walked across it (and did so again later in the day when things had warmed up) without using snowshoes and didn‘t posthole there at all. Snowshoes can be ditched just past the creek, with the remaining terrain to the summit largely bare ground or fairly minimal snow that can be barebooted and doesn‘t require an ice axe. Probably one of the least snowy, most accessible, and least-avalanche-prone peaks in the area right now.
|2011-04-02||Route: West Ridge
Info: Here‘s a pic of the west/south west sides of Silverheels.