"Golden Bear Peak"  
Condition Updates  
Route: Spring Creek
Posted On: 2022-07-03, By: CaitieClimbs
Info: Some shallow running water on the trail but not too muddy. Two small snowfields to cross but easily avoidable. Not crowded, beautiful day. 
Route: Hagar Mtn. via Golden Bear Peak
Posted On: 2022-06-28, By: codyli34
Info: Trail is in summer conditions with a few minor stream crossings and snow fields. Class 1 to summit. 
Route: North Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: astranko
Info: Ridge has a few small patches of unavoidable snow, otherwise it's dry. I found a thermos wrapped in a sock on the ridge in-between it and the triple-point. If it's yours you can pick it up in Fort Collins. 
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Route: Loveland Basin
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: kyrawhitworth
Info: Headed up from Loveland. Route up to the ridge was mostly snow covered and firm enough I didn't need traction (husband skinned and only had to step through a couple willows). Ridge was dry but had a snow covered path. We were able to ski down to the car by following the snow cat tracks from just a bit below the summit where we dropped our ski gear. Nothing like June skiing! 
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Route: Via easiest slopes at Loveland Basin
Posted On: 2022-05-28, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Loveland's base looks pretty similar to a few days before last weekend's storm - dry up until just below Lift 4, though someone really determined to start skinning as soon as possible could begin on the main trail above where the track to Lift 4 splits off. I carried skis on my pack from the uppermost lot at the Valley (the Basin area lot is closed on weekends) until the bottom of Lift 9 to make absolutely certain I would be able to skin the rest of the way up to the Ridge (or wherever we decided to bail if the winds picked up as fiercely as forecast...spoiler alert: pretty sure they did, though we pressed on anyway). I was able to keep my skis on until where the Ridge Cat drops skiers off in season. While I could've continued skinning from there, I opted not to; I already have a ski descent of GB this season (even if I made it after taking full advantage of the running lifts and the aforementioned Ridge Cat...), I'd been leaning toward skiing back down the groomer route anyway (or close to it) so I could stay on snow as much as possible on the way down (the south-facing terrain off the Lift 4 side appeared to be in rough shape), and the stretch between the cat drop-off and GB's summit did not look like it would be the most pleasurable skiing I've ever done. Was able to stick to something resembling a dry trail just west of the ski area boundary posts for parts of the remaining slog. We connected patches of rocks where we were able, but sections of ankle-deep snow were unavoidable. While I mostly stuck to cat track and then Rookie Road on the descent, I did wind up dropping down below the cat pick-up point to avoid the re-ascent to where RR connects to the ridge. Decent turns in there, even if the snow was already proceeding past the corn course and beginning to move onto the mashed potatoes. I was able to keep my skis on until just below Lift 4, where I reattached them to my pack for the dry walk back to the Valley. At least it was a short-ish one with a relatively gentle pitch. 
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Route: East Ridge/Loveland Ski Area
Posted On: 2022-05-16, By: nedryarson
Info: Parked at a small pullout at the WB exit for the tunnel facilities. Booted up The Face run and was able to skin from the base of Chair 8 to the summit aside from a 50 yard stretch of grass just before it on the east ridge. Still pretty decent coverage for the descent, should be skiable for a while longer. 
Route: dry gulch
Posted On: 2022-05-09, By: SchralpTheGnar
Info: Was able to skin from about 500 yards from the parking lot right to the summit just following the path of least resistance up to the east ridge. Snow was good for skiing off the summit down the main gully from the top, half consolidated recent layer was kind of heavy but overall fairly ideal day up high. 
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Route: Straight Creek (West Tunnel)
Posted On: 2022-04-30, By: stomblin7
Info: Did a variation of the summer route today with avy risk lower and snow in good condition. Start time roughly 7 am (combined this route with Hagar). Ascended up to the right (south of Golden Bear) and did more of a direct line/mini snow climb. The standard trail is still snow covered. I did not use snowshoes or spikes on the way up (snow was pretty firm) but kept spikes on coming down. I never sank past my ankles. Around 11,800 ft there were some minor signs of snow instability, but the coverage was very thin and mostly rocky above. I descended the south facing basin (left side of the loop) but exited the ridge a bit late to find some large cornices I wanted to avoid. I reclimbed 100 ft or so and rerouted above/around some pillow features, and made my descent through some thin/slick rocky/grassy area to the east of one of the skier's drop ins. I descended this area around 1 pm and snow was soft and sticky, balling up in my spikes. If climbing from this trailhead I'd recommend staying to the east route and descending Golden Bear along the south ridge. 
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Route: Loop from Eisenhower Tunnel
Posted On: 2021-09-05, By: angry
Info: Nice and easy mellow trail fo gain ridge. 
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Route: From dry gulch over 12er Trelease
Posted On: 2021-07-16, By: -wren-
Info: Summer conditions. 
Route: Dry Gulch
Posted On: 2021-06-29, By: cougar
Info: Summer conditions 
Route: From west end of Eisenhower Tunnel
Posted On: 2021-06-07, By: ScottLovesRMNP
Info: Parked off the side of westbound I-70 in the truck brake check area….there are some no parking signs to watch out for, but I found a place that turned out ok. Hiking up the road is the best bet to start, but the thaw is on and there's tons of water, mud, slush, and soft snow. Expect soaked boots. Higher up, it's easier to weave between the fast-disappearing snowfields to reach Golden Bear's south ridge. No problems on the ridge itself to reach the top. I was eying Hagar but decided against it since it was already after 6pm and the Class 3 crux appeared to still be choked in a good amount of snow, at least from what I could tell. This was a nice late afternoon stroll…just over 2 hours round trip. 
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Route: Loveland Creek Trail - Rookie Road - Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-15, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: We took a different route from nedryarson's group. Our group had one hiker, one skier carrying skis on his pack, and one skier using skins (me). Loveland has been conducting grooming operations post-closure, so the catwalks made for a bootable ascent from the base area up to the ridge. A sunny, low-wind morning warmed up snow on the ridge enough that those wearing boots sank an inch or two, but since the in-season Ridge Cat route has also been recently tended, it didn't appear to affect them too horribly. I was able to skin up to 13,000' before following my partners' steps up the last ten feet. It appeared possible to keep largely to rocks on climbers' left past the end of the groomed trail, but the snow was windblown enough to be fairly solid for skis and boots alike. The hiker and I took our ascent route back down, and while the snow had definitely softened by then (we left the summit ~10:30), it didn't stop him from jogging down with no need for snowshoes, and I had way more fun on the corduroy that I probably ought to admit to. The other skier took a more direct drop off the summit. He said that the skinny skis he had were "ill-advised for the ungroomed stuff," which echoed my own experience of having skied GB with my skinnier rock skis in spring 2020. (Pictures courtesy of daway 
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Route: Loveland Ski Area
Posted On: 2021-05-15, By: nedryarson
Info: Plenty of snow up high at the now-closed ski area. Skinned to summit from bottom of chair #8 after crossing the skiers tunnel under I70. Should be good skiing there for a while. 
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Route: NE face from Dry Gulch
Posted On: 2021-04-24, By: macg91
Info: Good snow coverage on Golden Bear, Hagar and S face of the Citadel. Continuous snow TH to summit. Close to a foot of powder on the NE face of Golden Bear made for good skiing. Another group was headed toward the Citadel and Hagar but turned back and said the snow was all windpack over there. High winds above tree line today. 
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Route: NE face/ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-28, By: k_fergie
Info: Good to ski from summit. Skinned from car to summit minus a 100 ft or so bootpack on the ridge near the top. Not the best snow up high, but delicious chowda turns lower down into Dry Gulch 
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Route: Citadel/Hagar/Golden Bear from Dry Gulch
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: JasonKline
Info: Summer conditions. No snow or ice, but hazy from the fires. 
Route: Straight Creek
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: MC.Ikema
Info: Hiked via Coon Hill TH (West Portal of the Eisenhower Tunnel). There's still a decent amount of snow down low in Straight Creek. Brought and used microspikes in the morning to reach snow free trail (old road) around 12k. Snow free ridge to the summit. Mid morning sun led to post hole/willow bushwhacking fest on the way out. 
Route: SE Face/Loveland In-bounds
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: Tomalamo
Info: Still continuous snow from the summit down the SE face. Skinned up nearly the entire way (had to navigate a few short dry sections). Lower runs are melting quickly though. 
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Route: Via Loveland Basin ski area
Posted On: 2020-03-18, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: Loveland closed for the season, which means, per their website (https://skiloveland.com/the-mountain/uphill-access/), that uphill access is now fair game. Stuck to the easiest trails up to the ridge; lack of snow after the last grooming meant they were nice and firm, which is good if you're still waiting to get your AT skis back from the local sheriff's office and thus have to decide if you want to wear snowshoes on your feet while schlepping skis on your back (I decided the skis were adequate weight training, thankyouverymuch). Followed the cat track along the ridge to Gate 4, which is listed as closed. I was clearly not the first to ignore that sign. Path after that was also pretty well beaten in, and there were footsteps to follow up the last pitch, though I mostly stuck to rocks and grass where I could. I skied my first peak for which I really had to work up a sweat (previous ascents of GB took place when Lift 9 and the Ridge Cat were running) like a total gaper - snow conditions that could best be summarized as “spring-like” did not help - but it was pretty sweet nonetheless. I didn't see another person except for the early risers returning to their cars as I was starting and the midday movers starting as I was returning, so mornings might be the best time to exercise your legs and your social distancing skills! 
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