Horseshoe Mountain  
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2016-09-09  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-09-09, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Snow free. 
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2016-08-11  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-08-15, By: flyingmagpie
Info: Entire 4wd road is free of snow all the way up to the Horseshoe/Peerless saddle. The route beyond is clear of snow as well. If, instead of turning on the little two-track road shown in the route photos, you continue up the main road (FS603) there is a parking area to the right that will accommodate 5 or 6 vehicles right around a corner from where the route description here comes out onto the main road again. Road is in surprisingly good shape for an old mining road, and driveable by stock 4wd high clearance vehicles. 
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2016-06-25  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: sdicenso
Info: The road is clear to the 4WD parking. Past there at the left fork there are big snowfields, but minimal postholing. If you go right at the fork and up the steeper route, you won't encounter snowfields until past the upper lake. All snowfields are passable. Some postholing to the saddle, but clear after that to the summit. 
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2016-06-19  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-19, By: jsdratm
Info: There are still some lingering snowfields on the way to the saddle (I counted 4 small ones that I had to cross), but once you are on the saddle you can get to the summit without touching snow. The trail to Peerless is also clear of snow. 
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2016-06-16  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-17, By: bparker10
Info: A friend and I set off to do the Boudoir couloir on horseshoe, but upon arrival we noticed it's now out of season. Snow in the couloir does not reach the bottom 
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2016-06-13  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-13, By: jbchalk
Info: We climbed & skied the Boudoir Saturday (6/11). Would have been nice to get it an hour or so earlier, but you surely can't ask the babysitter to come over at 5am. I would think Boudoir will definitely not be continuous come this weekend. The bottom was barely skiable with rocks coming up to bite your skis. Good thing I haven't waxed nor given the bottom of my skis any attention since I first got them. The crux chokes were absolutely fine and skiable with good snow. 
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2016-06-07  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-07, By: mike14
Info: Went up the standard route today. Snow was intermittent on the old road up. The snow was soft but easily traversed. I only post holed a couple of times. No need for traction or floatation. Knocked out Peerless too. Went up the north side where I had to deal with some talus and steep snow, but only for short distances. Came down the south side and easily went up Horseshoe. Snow is melting quickly- lots of running water and mud on the way down. 
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2016-06-04  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-06-06, By: Shattuck311
Info: Skinned up the East Slopes. Had to take off the ski's a few times as the snow has melted out significantly in the last week. The Couloir was still in good shape, holding enough snow to easily ski. Was able to make it down to the Lakes below the gully before putting the ski's on our backs again for the remaining 2 or 3 miles back to Leavick site. 
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2016-06-04  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-06-04, By: Trotter
Info: Walked over from Peerless Mtn. With some detours, you can avoid most of the snow until the summit ridge. Summit is covered with snow, but it was still crusty at 9 am and required no snowshoes. The snow lower down on the route was soft after 9 am. Some good glissading from the saddle of Horseshoe and peerless. 
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2016-05-29  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2016-05-30, By: Grover
Info: Plenty of snow still on Horseshoe Mtn. (and Mt. Sheridan and Mt. Sherman for that matter). The 'Trip Report' by alexhenes will give you more beta. I rode down the east slopes of Horseshoe, went under Peerless, and then connected to the basin the leads back to the normal 4x4 road used for Sherman. 
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2016-05-21  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-05-22, By: zdero1
Info: Boudoir Couloir is in great shape. Recent avy on the right side. We donned showshoes around 11,500' and they were greatly appreciated. We parked the forester at 11,050' and I'm glad we didn't go any higher. 
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2016-05-14  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2016-05-15, By: Col_Forbin
Info: Boudoir is in good shape for both climbing and skiing. Road is plowed until about 3/4 of a mile below Leavick. Snow conditions were stable and supportive. Get off this one early. 
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2015-10-16  Route: North Ridge (from Iowa Gulch)
Posted On: 2015-10-16, By: screeman57
Info: Dry as a bone, like everything else around here. Highly recommend this route - from the Sherman/Sheridan saddle, hang a right on any one of many trail segments. You can either go over sheridan or around it to the east. If you go around (as I did, hitting sheridan from the south on the return), don‘t be tempted to descend down to the road (East slopes route) Aim for the flat shoulder of Peerless Mntn. and find the road/trail. Ditto between peerless and horseshoe. 
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2015-07-17  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2015-07-17, By: JasonKline
Info: The White Ridge/Sherman/Sheridan/Peerless/Horseshoe/Finnback loop still has some snow along the route, but it can all be avoided easily. 
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2015-06-21  Route: Gully to the left of Boudoir
Posted On: 2015-06-22, By: Jay521
Info: Snow is getting very soft and the Boudoir Couloir is very, very thin. Heard and saw some rockfall in the couloir. There is a gully to the left side (south) of Horseshoe that was fairly solid and made for a good route up. Standard east slope coming down had very soft snow - some of which was unavoidable. 
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2015-05-30  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2015-05-31, By: fakejox
Info: Parked approximately 1.25 miles before Leavick. Cold temps overnight and in the morning (~26 ˚F) hardened the snow enough so we were able to float on top of the crust without snowshoes all the way to the cirque. Going up the Boudoir, the snow was bomber for 90% of the climb. It got a bit soft near the top as the sun warmed it up, so we skirted left to avoid the path of the overhung cornice on the summit ridge. We traversed to Peerless after topping out on Horseshoe, and glissaded back into the basin. By about 10 AM, we were hiking in mashed potatoes and snowshoes were a must! 
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2015-05-09  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2015-05-10, By: dillonsarnelli
Info: Saturday before the ensuing blizzard... Snowshoes and/or skis required. Parked about a mile before Leavick @ 10,900. https://www.flickr.com/photos/dillonsarnelli1/sets/72157652183516158 
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2015-04-25  Route: East Slopes
Posted On: 2015-04-25, By: rambis_21
Info: Hiked Horseshoe this morning via East Slopes. Had to get out and use the new snowshoes. I drove my car up the road as far as the tire tracks went as I knew if I went further I‘d get stuck. I reversed back until I was comfortable turning the car around in the snow. Parked and didn‘t have issues. The big snow from a week ago is what is burying the road at this point. A few days of warm sun would melt off a significant amount (when it comes). The road will be impassible for some time still. Had to walk on the snow a few miles to get to the big mine building. The hike went smoothly. Snow is in good shape, didn‘t have any concern really of finding a safe route (given it is Class 1) as it was very consolidated underneath in most areas or not more that 1-2 feet deep. Would be a great ski from the summit though all the way to the car! Wind was pretty horrendous on the summit ridge and summit. Very cold. Below the ridge wasn‘t so bad. I didn‘t track my miles but I‘m estimating 12 miles round trip. On my way down, I passed a number of people all heading up to Sherman. 
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2015-04-10  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2015-04-12, By: JtheChemE
Info: Took Fourmile road up to where the snow started ~11k. 10 miles roundtrip from there. Carried snowshoes, and found them to be unnecessary. In the couloir, snow ranged from just barely sinking in, to deeper unconsolidated material up to the knee, overall still good climbing. Observed solo skier climb and descend the couloir. We descended the north ridge on foot. Ran into some fellow 14ers members, nice meeting you guys! 
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2015-04-05  Route: Boudoir Couloir
Posted On: 2015-04-06, By: eskermo
Info: Parked where the snow starts on the road, around a mile or less from the Leavick Mine. Snow is continuous to the Leavick Mine, but probably not for much longer in a few spots. At and just above the Leavick Mine there are a few dry patches on the road, but still mostly continuous. The left turnoff for the Boudoir Couloir route all the way to the summit provides continuous snow. The couloir itself is in great condition and is an incredible climb. We found a couple other 14ers.com members at the base of the apron and all four of us (plus the Labradoodle) made the summit. We descended Horseshoe‘s southeast face and around 12,300‘ made a long traverse north and eventually northeast to get back to the road. Note, if you take this descent line, don‘t turn east onto the first obvious road leading back to your car. This road (Crusader Road on GoogleMaps) is private and there are some homes back in there. We were able to ride almost all the way down to the Leavick Mine before we had to hike a couple hundred yards to get back on the road. Once back at the mine, we were able to ride out the last mile to the car. I would highly recommend this climb! 
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