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Silverheels - East Ridge vs South Ridge

Postby nedryarson » Wed Aug 22, 2012 1:34 pm

I'm considering Silverheels for the near future and want to steer clear of the main routes from Hoosier Pass. That leaves the South Ridge and East Ridge routes as alternatives. The South Ridge seems pretty straightforward, but I can't seem to find much info about the East Ridge route (from Tarryall Creek) aside from a SummitPost description. Any recommendation on which route might be more enjoyable? Thanks in advance!

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Re: Silverheels - East Ridge vs South Ridge

Postby highpilgrim » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:23 pm

nedryarson wrote:I'm considering Silverheels for the near future and want to steer clear of the main routes from Hoosier Pass. That leaves the South Ridge and East Ridge routes as alternatives. The South Ridge seems pretty straightforward, but I can't seem to find much info about the East Ridge route (from Tarryall Creek) aside from a SummitPost description. Any recommendation on which route might be more enjoyable? Thanks in advance!


The South Ridge is a beautiful, easy tundra hike with great views for its entire length. And no people. And it has great bristlecones along the lower route.

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Re: Silverheels - East Ridge vs South Ridge

Postby mtgirl » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:29 pm

highpilgrim wrote: The South Ridge is a beautiful, easy tundra hike with great views for it's entire length. And no people.


Agree with highpilgrim. Did this route in early June and enjoyed it.
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Re: Silverheels - East Ridge vs South Ridge

Postby Jay521 » Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:47 pm

I have done Silverheels from Hoosier (winter) and the east ridge from Tarryall (summer) and honestly enjoyed the east ridge a lot. Starts out in trees and then a nice tundra hike the rest of the way. Haven't done it from the south. I can probably dig up pics I took on the east ridge trip and email them to you if you like.
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Re: Silverheels - East Ridge vs South Ridge

Postby jsdratm » Wed Aug 22, 2012 3:03 pm

Where do you start out if you are doing the south ridge? It looks like a cool hike and I'd like to try it out myself.

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Re: Silverheels - East Ridge vs South Ridge

Postby mtgirl » Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:01 pm

jsdratm wrote:Where do you start out if you are doing the south ridge? It looks like a cool hike and I'd like to try it out myself.


Here's some info for you:
http://www.summitpost.org/south-ridge/176258
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