Peak:  Mt. Hope A (13er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Grover
 Date of Info:  11/10/2013
 Date Posted:  11/11/2013

Mt. Hope is in excellent shape right now if you are looking for a sporty outing while the weather is stable this fall.

From the Sheep Gulch TH parking lot to 10,900, the trail is about 98% snow free. Above 10,900, there is snow on the trail, but it is soft and does not require snowshoes or traction to navigate. Hope Pass is clear of snow thanks to the wind. The first part of the East Ridge Route is holding some snow, but it can be easily avoided when needed. To climb the scruffy sections of the ridge, around 13,600 and above, I put on microspikes because there was enough snow covering portions of this route. It is definitely a mixed climb during this section, with a mixture of 60% rock/40% snow as I climbed up to the false summit. I thought of using crampons here, but I went with microspikes instead. And I used poles instead of my ice axe because there were more rocks than snow. Once above the false summit, there is a section of snow that you can easily walk across, and then you have a snow-free walk of 150 feet to the summit cairn.

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