Peak:  "Hassell Peak" (13er)
 Route:  Herman gulch TH to Jones pass, SE gully
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  VeraUndertow
 Date of Info:  05/15/2021
 Date Posted:  05/15/2021

Good snow coverage on the approach once you get past the initial south facing slopes from Herman gulch TH. We climbed up above Jones pass and skied down to woods creek/the south east gully that goes to the ridge that is Hassell peak, a lot of snow mobile tracks on this east facing slope and in the south east gully but otherwise good skiing. The climb up the gully is really easy, on par with the angel on shavano and has great snow. Once on the ridge things got windy as we made our way to the true summit of Hassell, it's a bump after the first false summit. There was a big cornice but plenty of flat stable snow on the ridge for the easy half mile skin to the summit from the top of the gully. Once on the summit we transitioned to ski mode and made our way down the ridge, skirting the false summit to the east, avoiding the cornices and back onto the ridge. We dropped into the gully around 10:30 and the snow was already a little past prime but the skiing was still an absolute pleasure for about 1200 ft. Then we skinned back over the pass and traversed skiers right to avoid the thick trees on the more direct line back to the main bootpack. Once at the boot pack it was just trying to keep speed over all the little ups and downs till snow stopped and we booted the last .5 miles to the TH. I made it up the gully with my ski crampons no problem but my split boarding partner ended up having to boot up the last little steep bit. Otherwise just easy skinning the whole way.

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Comments or Questions
05/15/2021 19:05
Way to get it, Vera!

Ben/ supra
05/15/2021 20:53
Thanks friend! nothing too gnar but a great way to spend a morning before work for sure

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