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 / Climb
The 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.
The Dry Gulch TH
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.
View of Hagar as we passed treeline
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.
Base of the Climb
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.
We made summit just as the snow up high reached great condition for the descent. Grays and Torreys as seen from the summit…
Grays and Torreys from Hagar
Citadel and Bethel
Citadel to Bethel
Heather on the summit
Heather on Hagar
I didn't plan to billy-goat off the rocky summit although I carried skis up there.
Fiddling with camera on the "breezy" Hagar Summit (c) Heather
Heather begins her down-climb down an alternative route
Heather Downclimbs Hagar
More climbers ascending the gully
Skier Approaches the top of the Gully
I clicked in a few feet below the top.
First Couple turns on the Descent Line off Hagar
The group behind us collects at the top of the gully.
A second group tops out
My descent route…
The rest of 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…
Gully with Ski Tracks on it
More great corn to get to the creek…
Down to the Creek
Back down to the road with minimal problems on the ski out. The ski through the trees is mellow downhill.
Back to the Road