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Peak(s):  "Golden Bear Peak"  -  13,005 feet
Hagar Mountain  -  13,246 feet
Date Posted:  11/16/2023
Date Climbed:   11/15/2023
Author:  WildWanderer
 From I-70 MM 213 Westbound Chain Station   

Golden Bear Peak – 13,005 and Hagar Mountain – 13,246


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RT Length: 7.82 miles

Elevation Gain: 2760’


I parked behind some semis at the I-70 MM 213 Westbound Chain Station and was on the trail at 6:20am. I started by taking a paved service road northeast.


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The road eventually becomes a dirt road


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The dirt road quickly becomes a trail, and this morning that trail was filled with a couple of inches of ice. The kind that microspikes slip on. I followed it as it headed northeast into a basin


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After hiking for 1.3 miles I came to a service road and turned right to follow the road towards the ridge.


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As you can see from further away, this road goes all the way to the ridge.


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However, I did not take the road to the ridge. The road was full of several feet of snow, but the mountainside only had a few inches of snow, so instead of trenching the route, I headed east towards the ridge. This is the route I took.


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Here are some pictures of the road


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At 12160’ I left the trail and headed up towards the ridge


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I could now see Golden Bear to my left.


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I gained the ridge, and followed it north to the summit of Golden Bear. This was all class 2


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There was a marker at the summit


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I summited Golden Bear Peak at 8am


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Golden Bear Peak:


I could see Hagar Mountain to the north


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To get there, I continued following this class 2 ridge. There were a lot of ups and downs, but it remained class 2 (until the last 50 feet of elevation gain or so). Here are some pictures of the ridge


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Now the fun begins. It’s class 2 to the top of this ridge. There are a few cairns, but it’s basically choose your own adventure. I went straight up. It’s steeper than it looks, so get a good view before you ascend. This is the route I took.


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And some pictures of the route up.


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At the top I was greeted with a view of the final approach to Hagar Mountain.


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To be honest, I hadn’t done a lot of research on Hagar, and was surprised to find the last bit was class 3. In other words, I didn’t have a helmet. Be sure to bring one! I dropped my pack, descended a bit to the saddle, and then started climbing up.


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This is again choose your own adventure. This is the overall route I took.


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And some pictures of the scramble


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Here’s the actual summit block. It’s the first one you come to.

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I summited Hagar Mountain at 9:20am


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Hagar Mountain:


From the summit looking north, it seemed as if the next point was equal height to where I was currently, so I scrambled over there too in case any LiDAR issues should arise.


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Here’s looking at Hagar Mountain from the second block


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I trekked back over to the first block, and found a summit register, so I’m assuming the first block is the true summit. Now to head back. I retraced my steps, aiming for the Golden Bear/Hagar saddle.


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Here’s the overall route I took back to the basin, aiming for the Golden Bear / Coon Hill saddle


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First I headed back down Hagar the way I ascended

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After making it to the saddle, I followed the ridge up to 12830’


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At 12830’ I turned and headed southwest towards the saddle.


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At the saddle I found an obvious trail and turned left. This led me back down into the basin and back to the trailhead.


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I made it back to the trailhead at 11:20am, making this a 7.82 mile hike with 2760’ of elevation gain in 5 hours.

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On to the next trailhead!




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Comments or Questions
dcsheldon
Was not on my radar
11/16/2023 6:17pm
Thanks for this report. Looks like a fun hike.



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