StatsMountains: Hagar Mtn- (13220’)
Route: Started from the gate closure at the end of the dirt road off the Loveland Pass exit 216 on I70W. Climbed an E-facing gully to Hagar’s summit. Ski descent.
Elevation Gain ~2600’
Distance ~7 miles
Crew: Heather, Prakash
Approach / ClimbThe TH is at the end of a dirt road off the Loveland Pass exit 216 on I70W. Dry Gulch is the valley south of Herman Gulch.
We began hiking at ~645AM aiming to make a quick attempt at Hagar and travel to Citadel if the spirits and snow were willing. The first mile of road was dry and we carried skis / snowshoes on our packs. Past the creek crossing I began skinning and Heather popped her snowshoes on.
We stayed to the left of the creek until we were up past treeline, and then crossed over.
We ascended a bench to reach the base of our gully for the day. The wind had picked up probably getting close to the 0F windchill forecast for the day.
The gully was still icy from the overnight freeze and wind. We went up part of it and threw crampons on. It was warming by the minute though and by the time we got the spikes on the snow had softened up.
SummitWe made summit just as the snow up high reached great condition for the descent. Grays and Torreys as seen from the summit…
Citadel and Bethel
Heather on the summit
I didn't plan to billy-goat off the rocky summit although I carried skis up there.
The DescentHeather begins her down-climb down an alternative route
More climbers ascending the gully
I clicked in a few feet below the top.
The group behind us collects at the top of the gully.
My descent route…
The descent, while winning no style points, was quick, and fun. After a couple low 40s turns at the very top, I’d say the body of the gully goes in the low to mid 30s.
The ski line seen from the bottom…
More great corn to get to the creek…
Back down to the road with minimal problems on the ski out. The ski through the trees is mellow downhill.