Peak(s):  Hoosier Ridge  -  13,352 feet
Date Posted:  05/24/2021
Modified:  05/30/2021
Date Climbed:   05/23/2021
Author:  Mtnman200
Additional Members:   RandyMack
 What a Day (for a Night)   

A downside of spring climbing is the inevitable sunburn, no matter how much sunscreen is used. What to do, what to do? Hey, I know! How about a night climb? With a favorable moonrise/moonset schedule a couple of days before a full moon, Randy and I decided to give Hoosier Ridge a try.

We drove to Hoosier Pass in the early evening, found a good place to set up our tent, and then crossed State Highway 9 to the start of a gated road that heads east through the trees and then north to a radio tower.

We hiked (and occasionally postholed) along the road

The nearly-full moon is visible above the road

The road begins to leave the trees

Just below 11,800', the road heads north (left) to the radio tower (far left on the horizon) while a trail continues east (right) along the Continental Divide

Heading east along the Continental Divide toward a 12,814' ridge bump (with many more ridge bumps to follow)

The setting sun is about to disappear behind North Star Mountain (13,614'), west of Hoosier Pass

Red Mountain (13,229') and Hoosier Ridge (13,352') came into view as we ascended the ridge

A view of Red Mtn. and Hoosier Ridge from higher along the Continental Divide; there are lots of ups and downs along the ridge to these peaks

On top of a ridge bump along the Continental Divide, with Red Mtn. and Hoosier Ridge still a couple of miles away

Red Mtn. and Hoosier Ridge are getting a little closer

The view north from the Continental Divide;, with Red Mtn. visible to the right

The view south from the same location as the previous photo

The nearly-full moon over Mt. Silverheels (13,822') to the southeast

It's getting darker

Past a 12,953' ridge point. the ridge turns north and still has plenty of ups and downs on the way to Hoosier Ridge and Red Mtn.

Almost to the summit of Hoosier Ridge

Red Mtn. from the summit of Hoosier Ridge, with the lights of Breckenridge visible to the north

Looking south along the ridge from the summit of Hoosier Ridge

Plenty of snow between Hoosier Ridge and Red Mtn.

Red Mountain's cornice convinced us to leave this peak for another day

We reascended Hoosier Ridge's summit and continued along the Continental Divide. A shooting star flashed by as we retraced our footsteps.

The moon provided enough light that we didn't need our headlamps until we were in the trees, about 1/3 mile from the trailhead. Happily, the snow had hardened considerably in the cool night air, so postholing was very infrequent now. Bask at Hoosier Pass, we jumped into our sleeping bags for a few hours of sleep before driving home.

Even though we'd hoped for two summits, the trip was still a success, especially with Hoosier Ridge being Randy's 200th ranked 13er. We may try another night climb sometime.

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Comments or Questions
Excellent report
05/25/2021 14:13
That looks like a wonderful place to spend an evening.
Delightful photographs.


05/28/2021 14:57
I always enjoy your reports, Eddie. Thanks for this one.


06/17/2021 19:42
Thanks, ltlFish99 and Jay.

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