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markhyamsStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 1999


Beautiful mountain. An enchanting wilderness experience.
Posted Mar 5, 2006 5:52 pm

CarlZRoute Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!
I'm new at this stuff. My 2nd 14K peak. Did Mt. Whitney last summer while completing JMT.

This was day four of a 5-day backpacking trip (w/ wife and another couple). The hike up Snowmass wasn't too bad. Had trouble w/ snowfield on way down. Slipped 3 times & broke hiking pole arresting myself. Didn't use an ice axe. Mistake. The scree at the bottom was difficult to come down for me and my buddy. Did a lot of 'butt sliding.'

Hope to do more peaks next summer (w/ ice axe and possibly crampons).
Posted Sep 3, 2005 10:41 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 7/16/05  Sucess!


The backpack in to the lake is possibly my favorite fourteener approach hike - fantastic! Great climb, except for the miserable scree slope just above the lake.
Posted Jul 18, 2005 6:24 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: Snowmass Snowfield Date Climbed: 7/17/05  Sucess!


Backpacked into Snowmass Lake, summited the following day and hiked out. Long trip with great scenery. Well worth the hike. 46th 14er!
Posted Jul 18, 2005 12:09 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: west face, east slopes Date Climbed: September 1996 & July 2004  Sucess!

Larry V

Climbed with Aaron P. from Lead King Basin at 9600'. It's shorter this way, but not nearly as scenic as the Snowmass Lake approach on the east side. Did the traditional approach and route in 2004, with Alan, Ron, and Michael. A real treat.
Posted Jan 9, 2005 9:12 pm

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: September, 1995  Sucess!


Climbed with Aaron and Mark. Probably this (the West Ridge) is the most direct route, but it's still a long day, with much class three bouldering, and some class four manuevering to lift yourself onto the summit. It's worth it--this is one of my favorite Colorado mountains!

Aaron and I went to the upper basin earlier (I don't remember the year), and spent what to my mind is the most memorable night I've ever had in the mountains. A front stalled out directly over Snowmass, and as it kind of ebbed and flowed over us formed thunderstorm after thunderstorm. We were camped right at timberline, and the lightning and thunder were so intense I remember it sounding like huge marbles were rolling across the sky! Maybe I should have been afraid, but it was too huge a sounding night to do anything but listen, and be amazed! I'll never forget it...

Next morning, the peak was covered with snow, so we turned around.

Posted Aug 11, 2004 12:19 am

Peter EliassenRoute Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: July 15, 2004  Sucess!

Peter Eliassen

Great hike...but has a lot of late-season snow fields...can make for a wet descent.
Posted Jul 22, 2004 3:51 pm

climbcoloradoRoute Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 7/7/04  Sucess!


Great hike to lake! Great fishing! Great snow climb! My last 14er!
Posted Jul 8, 2004 7:18 pm

gunnersmithRoute Climbed: standard route up snowfield from Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: August 17, 2003  Sucess!


There really wasn't a snowfield. We crossed one very small patch of snow, but that was it. The climb is very straight forward. The bottom of the mountain is a mess. You will slip and slide all over the place because of the loose pebbles and dirt. Wear gaitors to avoid pebbles in shoes. The summit was nice, and camping at Snowmass Lake was a bonus.
Posted Apr 18, 2004 8:43 pm

BulldozerRoute Climbed: Eastern slopes from Snomass Lake Date Climbed: July 5th, 2003  Sucess!
Summitted on a picture-perfect July day. Snow was packed and offered lots of opportunities to slide back down. My friend from Missouri made it to the ridge before stopping due to a lack of oxygen. Definitely my favorite peak to date.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 9:17 am

RyanSRoute Climbed: The Big Bowl via Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: October 11, 2003  Sucess!


There was sadly no snow to enjoy on this autumn day. On the plus side, we didn't see a single person, aside from one Snowmass summitter we saw from afar, who must have come from Lead King Basin. A TR is available here.
Posted Oct 14, 2003 10:52 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: W slopes from Lead King basin Date Climbed: July 21, 2003  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

4WD approach from 9700 ft. Lots of class 3 loose rock on the W slopes. 4 hours to summit. Descended ridge to Hagerman, then down much looser rock into Geneva Lake basin (boulders, bushwacking, swamps), took another 4 hours.
Posted Jul 27, 2003 10:59 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Standard/Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 1995  Sucess!


My favorite 14er so far. Snowmass Lake is a spectacular wilderness setting. The approach is long but very well worth it. Climbed Snowmass with my friend Josh R. or SP's "Edgy" . Here is a cool shot from that memorable day in 95. That is Josh trying to get on top of that rock pinnicle. The views of Capitol are breathtaking.
Posted May 23, 2003 1:00 pm

DigglerRoute Climbed: The Big Bowl from Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 3 August, 2000  Sucess!


Getting to Snowmass Lake in 5 hrs the night before, I met this group of guys from Chicago who thought I was crazy for hauling 7 bottles of beer up to the campground (it was worth it). Left the next morning @ 10.45, arriving at the summit @ 13.23. A severe Rockies thunderstorm ensued, with lightning all around, scaring the hell out of me. Made a speedy descent to the lake. Awesome mountain, and wonderful camping at a scenic lake.
Posted Mar 19, 2003 5:59 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2002


Beautiful day and 2 beautiful girls on the summit. Yahoo!
Posted Mar 3, 2003 4:31 pm

ColonelpyatRoute Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: Fall 1999  Sucess!


This was my first hike, climb, or backpack in many years and it just wrecked me. We had pretty awful weather the whole time but the one minute break in the clouds at the top gave me a good view of Capitol and that made it all worth it.
Posted Feb 28, 2003 5:31 am

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Snowmass Creek Date Climbed: June 15 2002  Sucess!


A long day hike. Snowmass Lake is beautiful. T storms passed us by on all sides and allowed us to summit.
Posted Oct 6, 2002 6:23 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 4, 1999  Sucess!
One of the most scenic 14ers - reminds me of Switzerland. My first time in crampons - little did I know I would be attempting Rainier the next summer. Plan to do it again in a couple of months.
Posted Jul 3, 2002 9:18 am

Steven CrossRoute Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: July 1994  Sucess!

Steven Cross

I took a 5 day backpacking trip. We started near Crested Butte. We hiked over 4, 12,000 foot passes and did Snowmass Mtn. Snowmass was my second fourteener. I really enjoyed the scrambling on the ridge. I did not like the Snowfield much. It plain out scaired me. I would do this mountain again any day though.
Posted Mar 29, 2001 4:13 pm

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