Really fun peak to do while staying at Camp Hale. Great sunset views.
The weather forecast was not good and we (Kessler, Shaylee, Kimberly, and I) considered cancelling the trip. It seems like every time we plan a mountain trip this year, there is a blizzard warning. I tire of driving through the blizzards as well. In the end we decided to try to go anyway.
Most of the time, we did snowshoe in a blizzard up to the hut, but there were occasional lulls where there would be moderate snow before returning to a full out blizzard. The route up to the ridge and treeline was still fairly easy to follow and was rather pleasant in the falling snow. Once we reached the ridge, the winds were really strong and visibility was poor much of the time. Any sign of the trail was gone, so we had to break our own. The kids had to break trail most of the time, because the adults would sink farther in the snow.
We eventually made it to the notch just north of the summit of Resolution Mountain and we descended down and found the Fowler Hillard Hut. The last part of the route and the descent were actually quite challenging due to deep powder. We were all pretty exhausted by the time we reached the hut.
The next morning the weather was still blizzard. There was an occasional lull or two, but we headed back out into the blizzard in order to climb over the notch. Once at the notch we stayed high because we through the route would be easier to find if we did and we went over Resolution Mountain and towards the ridge. We did get disorientated in the whiteout conditions, but eventually we found a trail marker. It was still challenging to find the route though.
Once we reached the part of the route where it drops off the ridge and enters the timber, the rest of the route was easy to follow. The weather got better as we descended as well, though there were still periods of very heavy snow and poor visibility.
I was a very challenging trip and we never did get any views, but it wasn’t a bad experience.
Skinned up/skied down from Fowler Hilliard Hut as part of a weekend hut trip.
With Sugarloaf Peak & Ptarmigan Hill.
The third peak of the day among others in the neighborhood.
Really enjoyed this outing. Would like to head back at some point.