Red Mountain is sequenced with Hoosier Ridge. Mileage and elevation gain to Red Mtn., are measured from the summit of Hoosier Ridge. RT mileage and elevation gain assume reversing the entire route for the descent. A car shuttle as we propose can reduce both.
The connecting ridge between Hoosier and Red Mtn. is a little rocky in places, especially near the top coming off Hoosier. Then you get back into more tundra. At the saddle between the two summits, is the head of a large snowfield (early to mid-season) that descends down the SW gully off Red Mountain. Make note of that gully but continue on north. The next 100 feet of ascending, involved for us walking up a steep snowbank along the ridge of Red Mtn. Once we negotiated this one obstacle, making good use of our ice axes, we strolled to the summit of Red Mtn. over broken rock and tundra. Take the time on the summit to enjoy the view west of the Tenmile Range and the assorted valleys.
To return to your vehicle, simply reverse your route and hike the 5.2 miles back or, consider the following car shuttle. We felt compelled to make this descent because building weather would have exposed us to not only precipitation for a long period of time, but lightening as well. We hiked back down the ridge we came up to the aforementioned saddle. Then, we began our descent down this snow-filled gully by glissading down on our feet and rears for several hundred feet. At about the 12,000 ft. level, we left the snow and began to contour down on the north side of the gully across steep, loose dirt and clumps of grass and wildflowers. We contoured around the southwest flank of the mountain, into a shallow basin and toward an old road we saw emerging into the tundra from a group of trees along a minor ridge. This road soon led us to an old mine claim with a building that appeared to be occupied. We walked quietly by, assuming we may be on private property and continued our hike down this rugged and steep, private road, but never saw any private property postings. It descended through forest all the way down to a housing subdivision, east of the highway and just down from the highway switchback on the map at 10,600 ft. Once in the subdivision, we had no reliable map as to which road to follow to get out. If you use this descent suggestion, you may want to study a map beforehand. One main road we intersected appeared to take us somewhere. We followed it to the south about 50 yards and came to the conclusion this was not the best way to go. So we turned north along the same road and began walking down. It turned out this was the best way to go as the road led us out of the subdivision and to the highway. There are a number of very nice homes in this development.
If someone uses this descent option and finds that any of the route is posted for Private Property, please notify us.
Links to other information, routes & trip reports for this peak that may be helpful.