Peak:  Hoosier Ridge (13er)
 Route:  From Hoosier Pass
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  daway8
 Date of Info:  12/19/2020
 Date Posted:  12/19/2020

While we didn't bother to summit today I figured upcoming snowflakers might want some beta on the approach. A little surprised to see a fair amount of snow but seemingly few tracks. Followed one set of snowshoe tracks that swung out wide to climbers left of the main trail (which we managed to miss) and followed those tracks as they bushwhacked over/through some willows. On the way down connected with the main trail and found it fairly packed but tracks obliterated by the wind. Need for snowshoes was intermittent - sometimes a packed trail, sometimes hard wind crust, other times sunk a couple feet or more even with snowshoes. Stopped after hitting ~12,800ft on the ridge. Looked like the rest of the way - as far as I could tell - was windblown enough to be largely dry. Very windy. Will upload a few photos.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Shortly beyond Hoosier Pass#2) Ridge coming into view#3) Looking on down the ridge. Both wind blocks were filled with snow#4) Hammered by wind the whole way up to the ridge#5) Once we came across the main trail it was obvious on the way back

Comments or Questions
Road conditions
12/24/2020 20:27
Is the road plowed to lower trailhead and accessible by any vehicle? Heard this few weeks ago but couldn‘t believe it. Thanks.

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