Mt. Silverheels  
Condition Updates  
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2022-06-27, By: jbealer
Info: full summer conditions, great day out. when heading up the road from the pass, take the right into the woods where the cairn is. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-11, By: thurs
Info: Road is still closed at the winter closure which adds 4 miles RT, but not much vert. Gate is supposed to open on June 15. Ended up being 13 miles and 3700ft. No issue with the creek crossing and no snow on the route. Great day 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2022-06-04, By: Ssgustafson
Info: Beautiful morning hike! Snow is thinning fast. Didn't use traction going up, but put on microspikes for the descent. Flotation not needed. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2022-05-14, By: ncxhjhgvbi
Info: Carried and stashed snowshoes around treeline and glad we did - snow was solid in the morning (7am) but a nightmare after noon. Snow was almost completely avoidable above treeline, and we didn't encounter any on the steep walk up the north spur. Wind was not too bad after breaking off Hoosier Ridge. Much less windy and snowy than just three weeks ago. It's melting fast - we stashed our snowshoes under some willows about 30' from the end of a snowfield, and they were on dry ground 4 hours later. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2022-05-07, By: Mountainqueen
Info: Carried my snowshoes the entire way and only put them on the last 1 mile on the way back to the car because the snow was slushy. Still post holed even with snow shoes. Windy as heck the entire day. Challenging fun route! 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2022-05-05, By: Istoodupthere
Info: Found the steep rib up to the summit ridge to be more arduous than expected. Pretty much every snow/ground condition imaginable here. All snow the rest of the way. Never used spikes or snowshoes, though they'd be advisable around treeline. Lots of postholing here on the way back as expected. Nobody here on a nice weather Sunday which surprised me 
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Route: Scott Gulch to NW Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-03, By: coopereitel
Info: Got Silverheels from the Scott Gulch pull-off on Hoosier today. I started at 9:10 or 9:15 and summited at 11:35. I returned to the car at 1:20. It was very low vis, snowy, and windy. The route up Scott Gulch was kind of schwacky down low, but it opened up. I was wanting to ski it, but ended up using snowshoes which I felt worked better than skis would have just due to the ups-and-downs of the route as well as the lack of skinnable snow once you start the climb from Beaver Creek. This was a good route, felt nice to put some vert on today. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2022-02-06, By: Altitude High
Info: Snow is deep in the willows before gaining Hoosier Ridge. I was wearing snowshoes but sunk up to my waist. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2022-01-10, By: -wren-
Info: Silverheels/Hoosier/Reds in great condition. 19 miles (seems high) and 6k total. The gist is a deep approach, up to about 11,800, that will require snowshoes or skis - stops there if you take the climbers right side of the ridge/slope up to Hoosier/silverheels turnoff but continues to 12,300 if u bear left. Mostly negligible snow afterwards, with sections of deep stuff that doesn't need snowshoes. Spikes will be helpful for ascent of silverheels which is a steep loose climbers trail covered in 2-4 inches of sugar snow, and one steep bootpackish section going up red mtn. An axe would be nice on that section of red as well, it is a solid 30 degrees or so. Was nice to have one but poles would also totally suffice. Stay far left on it and there is no avy hazard, but definitely stay away from the rollover on the right side - could definitely cause a slide, maybe below you but maybe not. Get after it, the gettin's good! 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-03, By: edmdais1
Info: Dry conditions. Made it almost to the 4 wheel drive trailhead for the south ridge but there was a tree crossing the road about 1/2 mile after the creek crossing. Creek crossing easily passable with high clearance vehicle. 
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Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2021-11-28, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Drove to 4wd trailhead without difficulty. I would reccomend clearance for the creek crossing though. Route is very dry. Trail runners would be fine. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-11-08, By: halfapackofapache
Info: I took my spikes off and put them back on several times on the ascent as I was walking over rocks and such. Snow coverage is spotty in areas that get a lot of sun. Shaded areas had more snow. Pretty windy today, forecasted around 25-30mph. Doesn't quite feel like winter yet. Cant wait for more snow!!  
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-10-23, By: mvandergrift
Info: A bit of ice on the initial 1/4 mile of the trail. After that, not much snow until around 12,800' where I ran into occasional ankle-deep drifts. From there to the start of the ascent of the final rib, it is easily avoidable snow. The final ascent was wintery and fun - not much of a path anymore, vaguely visibly switchbacks, ankle-deep snow - that kind of thing. I used poles on the way up and added spikes on the way down. Don't think the spikes were at all necessary, but I had them with me so why not. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-16, By: hokiehead
Info: Trail mostly convered in snow 1-3" deep. No traction needed. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-10-12, By: mbolt
Info: Hike was dry until the actual Silverheels slopes (Hoosier ridge was great). Once on the final push, there was a fair bit of snow, a lot of slipping, and some post-holing a bit past my ankles. One note: it wasn't clear to me where to turn off the road, so I went all the way to the towers and then just walked up the ridge on the route that looked best. On the way back I found where the clear trail intersects with the road and built a cairn to designate where to turn off the road and go up the ridge (see attached photo, don't follow road to the left, go right/straight onto the trail). 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-28, By: PikaSteve
Info: Good trail to Point 12,220. After that, some cairns and faint trail segments leading to the ridge. If off trail, hiking is still easy on grass, dirt and small/stable talus. Helpful route information from E_A_Marcus_949 and JQDivide trip reports. This route provided great views of South Park and Hoosier Pass colors at their peak. The colors were even more vibrant following afternoon rain and snow. 
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Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-07-18, By: gregsroche
Info: Had the trail and the summit to myself on a Saturday in the summer. Didn't see one person the entire hike. Trail is faint and there are a few cairns to mark the way, but you generally know where you are supposed to go. Missed the turn off the road to the communications towers. They are on the right a little over a half mile from the trailhead. If you hit the radio towers, you went too far. This was my first 13er (done 20+ 14ers), but given the absence of people, I may switch to 13ers to avoid the weekend crowds on the 14ers. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-12, By: brauda02
Info: Dry. No trail but a few cairns. Easy hike. 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-05-31, By: arthurtect
Info: My route finding was a C- today, but mostly because I was trying to avoid the slushy snow. Took ridge up Hoosier to start before I realized that All Trails wanted me down lower. Staying on Hoosier and then taking the spur to the south would be the preferred route after my experiences. No willows, less snow and the elevation gain is less effort then the slog through the willows. Once around Hoosier and the slushy snow filled valley between, the climb up Silverheels was enjoyable and dry as I zig-zagged my way up. Came back down Silverheels the same way and then chose to take a long route through the snow on my snowshoes to avoid steep snowy climbs up the saddle, which was a good choice. I did try to follow the non-existent All Trails trail around Hoosier on my way back and regret it. I was fighting willows and probably swapped between shoes and snowshoes a half dozen times. I managed to put 11 miles on during this 8 mile hike! 
Route: North Spur from Hoosier Pass
Posted On: 2021-05-16, By: kalestew
Info: Booted all the way up the northwest gully and then down the north face. Photo attached for reference- we ascended via the red line and descended the yellow. Descent was just rolling scree. No flotation or traction necessary. We kept to Hoosier Ridge on the way back so as to not lose any elevation, snow along that ridge was hard packed enough to cross without issue. 
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