Peak:  Hoosier Ridge (13er)
 Route:  Pennsylvania Gulch
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  B_2
 Date of Info:  02/13/2022
 Date Posted:  02/19/2022

Hoped to skin up to saddle but continuous snow ends 150-200 feet below saddle. First few miles of the trail are well traveled and well packed. The trees on the north shoulder of Red C are riding fat, we cut fresh track in foot-deep pow for 1.5ish miles up to the cirque. Snow is deep in this lower angle section and snowshoers would potentially struggle. There are several terrain traps to be wary of in this section. Gained ridge skinning on higher steeper chute to East of lower saddle which was 30-35 and very icy and required ski crampons. All wind-blown booting from saddle to both Reds. East side of Red C from summit is filled in and is a very tempting ski but snow is wind drifted and crusted and 30-40 deg so decided no go. Descended from HR saddle after a mostly dry boot up HR then over to Red Peak in the 60-70mph wind which was not super pleasant. Climbed a little on the exit to East to gain better position for fun ski down. More terrain traps to watch for here as you are under the steep East ridge of Red C and there are many gullies and convexities. Picked our way down the terrain getting about 10-15 min of ski fun for our labor. Then the rolling ski/skate out. Long but satisfying day. Finding that our photos are crap, sorry.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1#2#3) Only pic of upper cirque#4#5#6

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