Peak:  Eureka Mountain A (13er)
 Route:  North Slope
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  desertdog
 Date of Info:  04/10/2018
 Date Posted:  04/11/2018

The recent storm seems to have missed this area. We drove to 10,300 ft. on Hermit Pass road after that it is blocked by snow drifts. With an early start you will not need snowshoes. We elected to climb up the slope and then the far right gully between the Eureka and Hermit saddle rather than going over Hermit (see pic). This is a great route. Easy class 3 with the snow. Much more fun than climbing Hermit twice. You will need spikes and an axe. Once on the north slope, there is not much snow. The traverse between Eureka's two summits is snow free. Hermit and Rito Alto had very little snow as well. This is a beautiful area and the conditions make it worth a visit right now.

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