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ScottSilverheels  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2005


I camped at Hoosier Pass at -14F, and the next morning, I met up with SP member Cgueck, and we climbed Silverheels via the Hoosier Ridge/North Face Spur. That route had lots of extra elevation gain, but pretty good snow conditions. We actually reached the summit around 2pm, but Cgueck was faster than me and arrived on the summit 10 minutes earlier. It was cold and windy, with the chill factor around -50F or so, so we only spent a few minutes up there eating lunch.

We then descended the NW ridge and then climbed Heartbreak Hill. Since climbing back up to the ridge would cause us an extra 600 feet of elevation gain and since we just climb Heartbreak Hill, I thought it would be a good idea to make a beeline to Hoosier Pass and cross the basin. Big mistake. We should have climbed back up to the ridge, and I was pretty dumb for suggesting the other route. We had also ditched our snowshoes after the first 30 minutes of the climb in the morning, so we didn't have them with us.

That route really sucked, and we got back to the vehicles two hours past the time it got dark and we were both exhausted. Both of us were also dehydrated because our water had frozen solid long before the end of the day. Everyone should remember that Nalgene water bottle jackets are completely worthless for cold weather and if its cold, your water will freeze solid even with the "insulating" jacket. I had a mountaineering thermos as well, but the lid was so frozen I couldn’t open it, though I could hear liquid inside. Cgueck’s water was frozen solid as well. I was also sore from the "incident" on North Star the day before. It was cold and windy, but not as bad as the day before on North Star.
Posted Nov 19, 2015 2:01 pm

rmjwintersFrom Beaver Creek  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 27, 2015


From Beaver Creek TH it was a nice gentle hike. I measured 9.9 miles and 3,500 ft elevation gain.
Posted Jun 30, 2015 8:16 pm

SarahThompsonAlways windy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 3, 2005


4/3/05 - Climbed the gentle west ridge from Highway 9 in high winds. Lost a glove.

1/10/15 - Climbed the west ridge again for a calendar winter ascent in a snowstorm. Got some frostbite on my cheek where there was a gap between my face mask and glasses. Fun times.
Posted Jan 16, 2015 10:54 am

rockymountain_guacAmazing  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2014
Hiked from Hoosier pass. First mountain without a defined trail so it was fun. Perfect weather all day and my first 13er. Not a soul to be seen was super peaceful.
Posted Oct 22, 2014 8:23 pm

strudolyubovFrom Hoosier Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2013


Hiked to the summit of Mt. Silverheels starting from Hoosier Pass in the middle of the snowstorm. Zero visibility and high winds most of the way. Interesting exercise in route finding and frost-bite prevention.
Posted Jan 5, 2014 8:13 pm

telemarkdudeGreat Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 15, 2013


Very nice hike with great views. Deep snow at the start but wind scoured on the ridge. Winds were strong enough to almost blow me over.
Posted Dec 15, 2013 11:27 pm

boisedocshort day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2013


pleasant tundra walk up the south slopes. I can understand why it is a popular mountain for winter ascents
Posted Sep 1, 2013 12:50 am

rockymountaindivaHalloween  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 31, 2009


Windy, snowy, spooky. Have climbed numerous times since then with better weather!
Posted Jul 26, 2013 6:58 pm

nickkarlSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2013


Good hike with Brian up the South Ridge. Saw a herd of about 100 Elk, which made our day. Here is my TR: http://www.coloradoascents.blogspot.com/2013/07/mount-silverheels.html
Posted Jul 23, 2013 2:42 pm

milanNice trip in a group  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 11, 2011
Another group with people devoted to centennial 13ers. It was great trip and very cold on the summit.
Posted Oct 22, 2012 5:45 pm

pyergerSilverheels  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2012


South ridge route. Very windy, but nice hike!
Posted May 29, 2012 11:54 am

DerekFreed2010 Personal Grid Finisher  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2010


Started 2010 season with a post-cancer goal of completing at least 10 ranked peaks of each elevation level (6ers through 14ers) and this was my final one. Windy, cold day but some great views of the Tenmile range from the summit.
Posted Mar 30, 2012 3:38 pm

thunderablePerfect Day on Silverheels  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011


Eight of us went up the Beaver Creek TH route (South Ridge Classic). Crisp morning start, a bit breezy higher up, but overall excellent weather. Our route was about 10.5 mi/3670', so slightly different than the one Roach outlines. Note that the TH is at the jct of FS659 and FS183 (NatGeo TI map says 184, but sign says 183), though once right on the trail you'll see FS184 as well. At about 1.65 mi you'll go right up the old road and then go left on the trail that heads to views of Mt. Silverheels (make note of this jct for the return to the TH!). You don't have to climb Point 12,282, but can go around to the left and pick a route up the slope to the summit. There is a bit of a trail on the east side, but we headed mostly straight up (north) to the summit.
Posted Sep 5, 2011 12:02 pm

thunderableRe: Southern Slopes


How was the overall route? Snowshoes needed? And how deep is the stream? Many thanks.
Posted Jul 4, 2011 7:25 pm

argothorSouthern Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2011


Started at Beaver Creek, and forded the cold stream. Beautiful sunny day, with bluebird skies. Quite breezy. Great views.
Posted Jun 27, 2011 12:54 am

Matt LemkeFrom Hoosier Pass  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 29, 2011

Matt Lemke

Beautiful day and a great climb despite descending into Beaver creek twice. Snowshoes very helpful!
Posted Jun 20, 2011 3:36 pm

SenadRNice day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 15, 2011


Nice day on ridge above clouds.
Posted May 16, 2011 7:53 am

Jeremy HakesSnowy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 2, 2004

Jeremy Hakes

with D and the CMC.
Posted Apr 23, 2011 4:36 pm

theREALCarpeDMshakin' the bush, boss  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2010


A bit more bushwhacking to start out than I had expected. Took the 13ers.com West Ridge route. Hiked with James W up to about 12k - when he decided his broken toe wouldn't let him proceed. Saw one other guy coming down from the summit and a couple of guys on 4-wheelers. That's it. Beautiful day!
Posted Sep 18, 2010 9:14 pm

belexesSouth Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010


CMC hike for C Classification. Easy and worthwhile hike. It was a little windy, and clouds started rolling in as we were descending, but it didn't rain on us. I hardly broke a sweat on this one.
Posted Aug 8, 2010 4:24 pm

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