Hagerman Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: SW ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-17, By: zootloopz
Info: Summer conditions! Up and down the ridge. 7:41 RT from Lead King. Mostly class 3 with some class 4. Rock felt solid enough on the way up, but was more of a problem on the way down with the increased force we were putting on the rocks. Crumbly, pieces breaking off of large boulders, microwave sized rocks dislodging, the works. Ascended west face of ridge. Mosquitoes followed us from geneva lake all the way to the ridge. Hard to take a break without being eaten alive. Descended off east face of ridge to 4 pass loop trail. This way is more gradual but longer mileage. The flowers are insane and HUGE. So good right now. Seemed like all the skeeters were hanging at the lakes. W/ vertical_volume 
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Route: Southwest ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: Devil_in_sky
Info: Essentially bone dry up to Geneva lake. Near the creek crossing on the north end of the lake, snow begins and there is a good amount of snow heading up to the saddle (the last few hundred feet the snow has melted out and I had to deal with a little scree scrambling). The creek is too high to cross by balancing on rocks right now, so i had to just walk across it. On the ridge, there's a good mix of firm snow and solid rock all the way to the summit of hagerman. I did not need snowshoes at all, but also hit it super early. Spikes/potentially even crampons might be helpful getting to the saddle-I used my crampons for this section and it made things a little quicker. Ice axe was nice to have on the way down. Fantastic day on an amazing mountain. 
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Route: Snowmass-Hagerman traverse
Posted On: 2021-08-22, By: jscully205
Info: Did the S-Ridge to Hagerman traverse 8/21 from Lead King Basin. Small amount of snow on the upper mountain but wasn't of much consequence. Staying ridge proper and contouring climbers right to avoid difficult moves keeps it 3rd class on the S Ridge. Traverse itself was pretty tame with the exception of 1 tower that required maybe a 5.2 exposed move on the top out. Really no way to bypass it. There's some also a fair amount of loose rock on it. I suspect it doesn't get done often. Register on Hagerman can use a pencil for anyone going up there. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-05, By: mountainman102
Info: Climbed the Southwest Ridge route from the 4WD Lead King Basin trailhead. Road and route were in summer conditions. The only snow remaining on the SW Ridge trail is a couple easily avoidable snowfields. No need for any winter gear on this route. The South Face route and the East Ridge route also appeared to be summer conditions. Really enjoyed the trail and was quite happy we decided on it over the South Face route. 
Route: Southface
Posted On: 2021-07-03, By: Dan_Suitor
Info: I climbed via lower gully #1 and class 2+ upper gully. Lower gully was filled with snow, but it is not so steep that traction was required. Upper gully had patches of snow, which can be avoided. The right side was by far better than the left. I found out the hard way. No traction, flotation or axe needed. 
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Route: Hagars Way
Posted On: 2021-06-27, By: Eli Watson
Info: Summited Hagerman Pk & Snowmass Pk via Hagar's Way from Snowmass Lake TH. Descended S Face and returned back over Trail Rider Pass. Getting around Snowmass Lake on the Southside is a marshy mess right now. You will get wet. As mentioned by the party up Snowmass Mtn today, the snow was excellent. Forgot to check the temperature this morning but last night it was 48 °F. Clear skies after midnight left a good freeze at treeline, and a cloudy morning meant the snow stayed nice and cool all morning, so I let myself sleep in a bit. The clouds broke for a perfect afternoon. Hagar's Way (Photo 1) is in great climbing condition. I was at the bottom of the couloir at 10 AM, and the snow was still pretty bulletproof and icy on the surface, though I was able to get good kick steps in. I used a shorter ice axe that I appreciated having today. There is a bit of fluff from new snow, especially on the top-out but it was manageable. E Ridge to Hagerman summit is 100% dry. Roach calls ascending the upper S Face (Class 3, Photo 3) to reach the E Ridge an "undesirable place", but descending the S Face (Class 2+) of Hagerman from the Hagerman-Snowmass Pk Saddle was by far my least favorite part of the day. I would never ever ever want to go up that without snow. There is some snow hanging around in the middle of the gully that I used at times to descend around noon. It was slushy but I got traction. Splits for Snow References: TH - 5:40 AM (0:00) Northside of Snowmass Lake - 8:15 AM (2:35) Bench - 9:25 AM (1:10) Bottom of Hagar's Way - 10:00 AM (0:35) 13,500' Hagerman-Snowmass Pk Saddle - 10:50 AM ( 0:50) Hagerman Summit - 11:15 AM (0:25) (0:05 Break) Snowmass Pk Summit - 11:55 AM (0:50) Trail Rider Pass - 1:15 PM (1:20) Northside of Snowmass Lake - 2:00 PM (0:45) TH - 3:55 PM (1:55) 22.80 mi, 7500', 10:15 TH-TH. 
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Route: Southface
Posted On: 2021-06-23, By: cochsman
Info: Took the high road in and out in my stock 2000 Tundra and it did fine. Hiked from the normal TH at the bottom of LK. Shortcutted Gevena lake to the west and used the log jam to keep my feet dry in the morning. We went by way of the trail, around the east of the lake on the way down and had to ford it. It wasn't deep. Easy route finding the whole way. Climbers right of the larger snow gully proved to be the best. 
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Route: Southface
Posted On: 2021-04-27, By: SnowAlien
Info: Approched from the camp at Snowmass lake over Trailrider pass. We were able to contour high around 12,5k ft and gain the face. Booted up from there, there's one choke that didn't quite go, but we were able to bypass it on the ski down. Snow is all the way to the summit. Bad winds that day, so we transitioned just below the summit and took the skiers left line. Kicked off windslab in the gully, traversed one more gully to the left and were able to make continuous turns down to 12.4k, transitioned back to skins and regained the pass. Great corn turns down to the Snowmass lake. 6 hr RT with transitions. Compared to the ridge, I much preferred this peak as a snow climb. 
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Route: SW ridge from south then down west NW gully
Posted On: 2021-03-08, By: blazintoes
Info: Hiked up to Geneva Lake with team Snowmass then solo around south to gain the ridge. Went out and back on the tedious class 3 ridge with classic Elk looseness. Snow on the ridge was a bastard. So chose rocks with crampons up and some snow down. Freaking beautiful winter day! The Elks are so dang pretty and pristine in snow. Went down the west NW gully and had perfect plunge stepping conditions. We battled with avy areas up to Geneva and they triggered on the way down. No avy concerns on my route up or down. Team Snowmass found a better way down through the willows and I was thankful on my return!!! 
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Route: Southface
Posted On: 2020-09-23, By: Kitten
Info: Summer conditions for the whole route. Ascended the Southwest ridge (fun route, challenging) and descended the South Face (very loose, I would not recommend). Went up from Geneva Lake (camp) to Trail Rider, then gully to access the ridge (route #2 description from Roach). Just a note that the creek is not running any water right now at the junction of Geneva Trail and Trail Rider, so the last source of water would be at the Lake. First pic: ridge Second pic: peaks as seen from Geneva Lake 
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Route: SW Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: angry
Info: Well defined and easy to follow Geneva Lake to Trail Rider Pass trail to the point where you leave to access the ridge. Rained all night and most of the morning, so we did get soaked in the willows. Ridge felt solid overall. Descended a gully to meet back up with trail which worked great as the dirt had softened in the rain and allowed for some muddy plunge steps. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-15, By: bunny256
Info: Creek crossing at north end of Geneva Lake requires getting feet wet, otherwise completely dry summer conditions 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: HikerBox
Info: A few patches of snow in the trees above Geneva Lake but otherwise it's easy to avoid snow. The south face is divided by ribs separated by shallow gullies that are still mostly filled with snow. The middle rib seemed the least loose but was a little jungle gym-y. I came down the right rib which had a lot of scree and wouldn't be fun to go up. 
Route: South Face
Posted On: 2020-06-28, By: jjust
Info: https://www.jamesjusthiking.com/2020-trip-reports/hagerman-peak 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-28, By: macgyver
Info: From Lead King is basically snow free except for a few hundred yards in the drainage before ascending the ridge, appx 11800'. Stream fording after Geneva is unavoidable, 6+" of water. Ridge rock is typical Elk rock - it wants to hurt you on both hand and foot holds if unfamiliar with it. Photo: right is Geneva Lake area, left is the slight snow encountered. The ridge is gained further down at the 2nd lower saddle. 
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Route: West Gully to Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: WildWanderer
Info: Geneva Lake snow free. Creek crossings were up to my knees in places but I'm short. Used the 1st gully on the west to avoid snow and wasn't disappointed: gained the ridge as quickly as possible. Trail was snow free from trailhead to summit on all the areas that mattered. Water on trail near waterfalls. 
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Route: West Gully to Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: WildWanderer
Info: Geneva Lake snow free. Creek crossings were up to my knees in places but I'm short. Used the 1st gully on the west to avoid snow and wasn't disappointed: gained the ridge as quickly as possible. Trail was snow free from trailhead to summit. 
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Route: SW Ridge and S face
Posted On: 2019-07-07, By: CarpeDM
Info: Trail to Geneva Lake is snow-free, but has some places with water run-off -- nothing major. Still plenty of snow around Geneva Lake (and some exposed trail) -- no flotation needed, though. The creek above the lake must be forded -- at least mid-calf depth. From there, snow completely covered the west side of the SW ridge (including the trail) - again, no flotation needed. I made my way around to the southern aspect approximately on the Trail Rider Pass trail. Once you're ready to leave Trail Rider Pass trail, be prepared for a snow climb. I used crampons and axe to ascend a couloir to access the SW ridge at about 12,700 (left edge of pic 1). Small rocks (and a couple of not so small rocks) littered the path to the couloir. However, they were mostly from climber's left of the couloir instead of the couloir itself, the snow was still in very good condition, and no rocks came loose while I ascended. The ridge was essentially dry. But there was one short downclimb to a tiny saddle that required a reachy move to avoid some snow. Was hoping to glissade or plunge step the S face, but the by now too soft snow made me settle (mainly) for a tedious downclimb of a loose, bare rock rib. 
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Route: SouthEast Ridge
Posted On: 2018-06-19, By: wondering_hough
Info: No need for traction. The creek crossing on Geneva lake's north side was not at the marked trail, we had to get creative to get over and not submerge our boots. We were attempting Hagerman's SE face route but mistakenly followed the approach the the SE RIDGE route. It rained on us from 745am to our turn around point, 12,451, at 10am.... we couldn't see anything and just followed the terrain. The face held some snow but it all was avoidable. 
Route: S face
Posted On: 2018-06-05, By: cottonmountaineering
Info: The upper road is snow free and driveable to the Lead King TH. S face was really suncupped, i climbed up via snow and descended via a rocky rib to the climbers right of the gully. I did not need any traction to make it down with this route. Lake is mostly melted, some snow in the trees to make it over the ridge but no need for snow shoes. Snow below treeline was generally rotten and snow above treeline was supportive. Not sure there is currently a way to make it across to the trail without fording the inlet - the outlet logs were under water. 
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