Peak(s):  Silverheels, Mt  -  13,822 feet
Hoosier Ridge  -  13,352 feet
Date Posted:  10/28/2015
Date Climbed:   10/24/2015
Author:  Stone Climber
 Not Another Soul In Sight!  

Not Another Soul In Sight!

Last week I had plans to go for a few peaks in the Gore Range. But due to all the recent snowfall, that plan was canceled on Friday. So once I was back from work that night, I began looking at peaks that I could go for instead. Being so last minute, I was doubtful about finding partners, so I decided on Mt. Silverheels. The drive wouldn't be too far, so I decided to drive there in the morning. There were several cars parked at Hoosier Pass when I arrived. While getting my gear ready, I met a hiker on his way down and briefly spoke with him. He postholed a little ways up the road but turned back due to not having the necessary equipment. There was also a group getting ready for their hike as well. I was starting later than I wanted too, so I quickly crossed Hoosier Pass and started up the road. Little did I know, I wouldn't see anyone else for the next 11 hours.

I had my snowshoes and made great progress up the road, passing where the other guy turned back. I was really surprised that there was no snowshoe tracks or boot pack ahead of me. I guess I thought being so close to Breckenridge, that there would be more people hiking through here. I turned left with the road ( I used a path through the trees on descent) and continued past the willows then turned right and started up the drainage. I continued up the drainage for some time then saw a better line and crossed the drainage again. If you just go through the trees and head straight up the ridge you'll save some time.

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This is looking back on the route up after recrossing the drainage. On descent I found a path throught the trees ahead.


The next few hours consisted of me of huffing and puffing as I continued up Hoosier Ridge, then turning right to head for the North Spur of Mt. Silverheels. I dug out the rock shelter near one of the 12,000' points and refueled their. Great spot to get out of the wind! I summited Mt. Silverheels at 2:00pm. Along the way, I drank a Hydroflask of coffee (and water), and ate a Snickers bar, two trail mix packs, and some Oreos.

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Mt. Silverheels as seen from the lower end of Hoosier Ridge.


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At the power line crossing, looking at Mt. Silverheels. I pretty much took a direct line up the North Spur connecting patches of snow.


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View from the summit of Mt. Silverheels of the route to Hoosier Ridge summit (right) and the descent route (left)


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Mosquito Range from the summit of Mt. Silverheels.


Once on the summit of Mt. Silverheels, I looked over at the summit of Hoosier Ridge and began to evaluate my current condition. I felt great, the weather was great ( aside from the usual wind up there) and I had plenty of food and water left. I soon began to head down the mountain, following the trail I had broken through the snow. I rejoined the lower end of Hoosier Ridge and began the race against sunlight for the summit. I summited Hoosier Ridge close to 6:00pm. I didn't waste anytime and I headed back mostly using my tracks from before. I had to use my headlamp before I hit the Mt. Silverheels split and continued down the ridge towards my car at Hoosier Pass. I had the most incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges. I was finally back to car around 8:00 pm and I was completely exhausted. From the time I left my car to return I didn't see anyone up there.

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Summit of Hoosier Ridge looking toward Red Mountain C.


Here are so more shots of the trip.

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On Hoosier Ridge.


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On Hoosier Rdige looking at Mt. Silverheels.


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A plane flying above the Mosquito Range at sunset.



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 Comments or Questions
14erOHOLIC

Cool
10/29/2015 08:33
Had to comment on a user name like yours...well done. You know why you didn’t see any other snow shoe tracks?....because it’s SNOWSHOES, who the hell enjoys snowshoes?...Sorry, who am I to say whats fun and whats not?
Keep hiking, be safe, and stay stoned!
One more thing, great photos.


SnowAlien

Way to make
10/29/2015 17:08
both Silverheels and HR look good – great photos. It was horribly windy when we hiked Silverheels around this time a few years back.


Stone Climber
Haha
10/29/2015 20:33
Yeah I agree, snowshoes are pretty awful! And thanks.


Stone Climber
Thanks
10/29/2015 20:40
Thanks SnowAlien!


guangxiren

Nice!
10/29/2015 23:06
So beautiful!

Thanks



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