Peak(s):  Hunter Peak  -  13,497 feet
Date Posted:  09/19/2022
Date Climbed:   09/16/2022
Author:  WildWanderer
 From Conundrum Hot Springs Trailhead   

Hunter Peak – 13,497


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RT Length: 15.22 miles

Elevation Gain: 4854’


Due to weather, I wasn’t able to summit Hunter Peak along with the rest of the ridge last week, so I was back again to try to summit with the little bit of snow it had received in the past few days. I parked at the Conundrum Hot Springs Trailhead, and was on the trail at 4:30am.


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I followed the class 1 trail south for 5.75 miles


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After hiking for 5.75 miles, and at 10040’ of elevation I left the trail and headed west up the hillside, staying in between two drainages. This included a lot of bushwhacking, but I was headed towards the arrow, staying more left, but really just trying to find a route through the trees to get thee. I didn’t see any game trails.


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As I made my way out of the trees, I had a good view of Hunter Peak, and my intended route to the ridge


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I made my way southwest towards the ridge, entering the basin


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I was about halfway through the basin when I saw a cool cave in the middle. I wasn’t headed that way, but took a picture of it anyway. I thought I saw what looked like a bear standing at the mouth of the cave, but I was too far away to tell


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A minute later, I heard talus scattering, and looked over to see a black bear running as fast as it could away from me. It was at around 12000’, booking it towards treeline.


Here’s a video of the bear running away from me. He was quite a fast bear.

I continued heading towards the ridge. There were several choices for gullies. Here’s the route I took. This was all difficult class 2.


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And some step-by-step pictures up the gullies to the ridge.


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Once on the ridge I turned right, and followed the ridge northwest, immediately going up this gully


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After ascending the gully, I made my way to the ridge, and stuck to it. This was class 2


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There was another, final gully to ascend, also difficult class 2


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I summited Hunter Peak at 10:30am


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Hunter Peak:

The views from the summit were beautiful!


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But it was starting to snow, so I retraced my steps back down the ridge and gully


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Both ways go, but the red dirt on the right is easier


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Then it was down and out of the basin


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It was starting to snow, so I headed towards that clump of aspens


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Then bushwhacked east, back down to the Conundrum Hot Springs Trail


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Once on the trail, I followed it north back to the trailhead


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I made it back to my truck at 2:15pm, making this a 15.22 mile hike with 4854’ of elevation gain in 9 hours, 45 minutes.


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On to the next trailhead!




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