|2015-07-01||Route: South face
Posted On: 2015-07-05, By: Jason Halladay
Info: Snow free from Crystal to about 12,000‘. Easy summer snow crossings to get to south face. The gullies on the south face are full of summer snow and a bit icy on the edges but the rock ribs on the side of the gullies allow for easy and direct scrambling.
|2015-06-19||Route: South Face
Posted On: 2015-06-21, By: taylorzs
Info: Hagerman‘s south face has lots of snow on it but a very large wet slab avalanche that ran sometime last week has left most of the south face runneled. Cramponing conditions are not bad but ski conditions would be pretty bad for most of the face. The one couloir off the false summit to looker‘s right of the main summit that Chris Davenport also skied for his centennial ski project did not slide yet and is in great condition for skiing. We climbed up the avy debris below the summit, skied off the summit ridge scrambled back up to the false summit and skied the looker‘s right couloir off the false summit to looker‘s right of the main summit.
|2014-09-20||Route: SW ridge
Posted On: 2014-09-21, By: SnowAlien
Info: Summer conditions on the mountain. Stayed either on the ridge crest or as close as reasonable with sustained Class 3/4 scrambling with one or two low 5 move in order to stay on solid rock ("easier" bypasses on less solid rock available). Noted sketchy looking blocks within 100 ft from the summit (angle of repose is a concern). Descended SW ridge as well, with route much easier to see on the way down. Rock on the ridge looked fairly solid, but I‘d still test every hold. Ridge difficulty is somewhat similar to S ridge on Snowmass, just a little shorter in length.
|2014-06-22||Route: South Face snow
Posted On: 2014-06-22, By: JosephG
Info: Snow free to Lead King Basin (via Crystal), snow free to Geneva Lake. After that? Snow. Lots of it. Some of the best snow either of us has climbed. There are three gullies filled with snow, all lead to the summit ridge. The official south face route is the furthest right (south) and has the most moderate angle. The gully furthest left (by the southwest ridge) has steady snow and convex features. All have some sun cupping down low. The southwest ridge appeared mostly clear, but I suspect there was some snow hidden there. Do not take the north fork approach, as the river is impassable. Similarly, it would be quite a trick to cross just below Geneva Lake. Decent fording opportunities are present just above the lake. Start early and snowshoes aren‘t necessary. Edit: right. But, yes, mildly protruding snow bumps. That‘s what happens when you provide an update on little sleep with uncooperative internet.
|2011-09-21||Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-09-22, By: rockymountaindiva
Info: Took the upper 4WD road in a Ford Expedition. Wheel base was a little too long for even this road, the back bottomed out about 4X in the hour that it took us to get from Marble to the 4WD trailhead. Road was in good condition (dry). Camped at Lake Geneva, fall colors starting and very lovely. On the way to Hagerman, some patches of snow around 12,000‘, more higher, very firm and slippery in the am. We had yak trax/microspikes in our packs and were too lazy to put them on, which might have helped a little. Summited around 10:30 am, and for the descent the snow was pretty soft. This was helpful for plunge-stepping, but in some places made things a little slick. North-facing slopes on other peaks held considerably more snow. Photo 1: Fall vegetation Photo 2: Looking up towards Hagerman en route, close to 12,000‘ Photo 3: Snowmass Mountain from Hagerman, see difference in amount of snow between N (right) and S (left) facing slopes
|2011-09-11||Route: South Face
Posted On: 2011-09-13, By: Wyoming Bob
Info: Road from Crystal to upper 4WD TH drivable by stock Tacoma, sign advertising otherwise at base is b.s.; no snow but for sleet and ice pellets up high, fell on Sunday a.m, melting by our descent an hour later, no route finding issues to/fro Geneva Lake, route up stream gully from Trail Rider Pass is a visible track; no colors as of Sunday. Link to link Trip Narrative with photos here.