Hoosier Ridge - From Hoosier Pass


Difficulty:  Class 2 
Summit Elevation: 13,352 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,550 feet
Elevation Gain:3,000 feet
Round-trip Length: 9.00 miles
Trailhead: Hoosier Pass
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 02/12/2008
Last Updated: 01/30/2010
   

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:

Taken from different locations, Photo #1, Photo #2 and Photo #3 show the length and ups-and-downs of this long ridge hike.

From the Hooser Pass parking area, walk east across Highway 9 (Photo #5) to the start of the 848W road (Photo #6) which is used to maintain some radio towers to the east. Continue southeast along the road/trail for over 1/2 mile where the terrain opens up - Photo #7. As you continue higher, you’ll see some radio towers up to the left. When the road turns towards the towers, leave it and continue east up a broad slope. Turn slightly right and hike up to the ridge crest, shy of 12,800’ - Photo #8. Photo #9 looks down on this portion of the hike.

Once on the ridge, it becomes obvious that the remainder of this hike has more than a few ups-and-downs - Photo #10. Stay on the ridge crest and hike over the inital bumps. You cannot see the true summit but, taken from near 12,800’, Photo #11 and Photo #12 show most of the features along the ridge. As seen in Photo #13, the ridge begins to turn left (northeast) as you approach Point 13,201’ (left of center in the that photo).

Once on Point 13,201’, the remaining hike to the summit becomes more clear - Photo #14. Your next obstacle is a large point that exceeds 13,300’. Drop down over a rocky area and continue along the ridge towards the next point. Simply stay on or near the gentle ridge crest - Photo #15. Hike to the top of this point to get a clear view of the true summit (Photo #16), less than 1/2 mile away. Looking at the summit, Red Mountain would be off to the left. Cross the saddle and walk up to the summit - Photo #17.

Red Mountain is to the northwest (Photo #18), Red Peak is to the northeast (Photo #19) and 14er Quandary Peak is to the west - Photo #20.

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