Mt. Silverheels - North Spur from Hoosier Pass


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Upper Elevation: 13,822 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,550 feet
Elevation Gain:3,500 feet
Round-trip Length: 9.0 miles
Trailhead: Hoosier Pass
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 01/05/2012
Last Updated: 01/05/2012
   

Trailhead:  

From Breckenridge, Drive south on Colorado 9 to Hoosier Pass. Park at the signed, Hoosier Pass parking area before Colorado 9 starts down towards Alma. This is the trailhead.

Details:

This route has become the most popular way to climb Silverheels in the winter months. Cross Highway 9 to locate the start of the trail, beyond the gate - Photo #1. Follow the trail (a road to some radio towers) to reach tree line Photo #2 and the west end of Hoosier Ridge - Photo #3. Continue east up an easy, broad slope (Photo #3) to reach the first point (~12,800’) on the ridge - Photo #4. Continue to the next point (12,814’) and the remaining hike becomes more obvious - Photo #5. Your goal is to reach a safe position before turning right (south) to reach the "north spur" to Silverheels. As shown in Photo #5, you want to reach the point on the ridge just before Hoosier Ridge curves left.

Photo #6 looks back on the route once you’ve reached the turning point. Hike east and then south onto the long ridge which dips between Hoosier Ridge and Silverheels - Photo #7 and Photo #8. Continue past some bumps on the ridge (Photo #9) and all the way down to 12,400’ under some power lines - Photo #10 and Photo #11. Walk under the lines and over (you don’t have to go to the very top) one final bump along this connecting ridge (Photo #12) to reach a 12,400-foot saddle at the base of Silverheels’ north face - Photo #13.

From the saddle, begin climbing directly up a rib toward the summit ridge - Photo #13 and Photo #14. The lower portion (Photo #15) is fairly easy but the angle increases near 12,800’ - Photo #16. Photo #17 looks down from 13,300’. Near this point, avoid even steeper terrain by angling right (southwest) to gain the summit ridge, near 13,500’. Turn left and hike up easy terrain (Photo #18) to reach the summit - Photo #19 and Photo #20.

Notes:   

On your return, it’s easy to miss the right turn to get back to the north spur since it cannot easily be seen from the summit ridge.

 

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