Hiked via Blue Lakes trail. Camped overnight at the middle blue lakes and had an early 4am start to summit Sneffels via SW Ridge. It was cold, raining, and probably a stupid idea to go via this route with minimal climbing experience and coming from sea level. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT. Would not recommend going this route for recreational hikers as there is a decent amount of exposure and climbing needed. Going down the standard route proved to be just as difficult (fell many times!). Despite all that, it was the most amazing experience I have ever done in my life thus far!
Started from the outhouse parking at 5:41 am. Made it with a stock Subaru Outback but did bottom the rear bumper out twice in the ascent up the 4X4 road. The recent monsoonal rains have made the basin extremely wet. The road had many puddles in it after the parking area. We took the Wrights Lake trail to Blue Lake Pass. A couple was exchanging wedding vows on the pass. The Southwest Ridge route was covered in graupel from either yesterday or the day before. This made the climb a little tricky but we managed. Super fun route up. Summited just before 9:00 am. Views were wide and far. We decided to descend the South Slopes route due to the icy nature of the SW ridge. We descended fairly quickly and ended our hike at 11:14.
Climbed with my son and 4 friends. Took my time and was rewarded with an absolutely gorgeous view
Meant to hike Gilpin Peak but conditions warranted crampons which, I didn't have. So I ascended the SW Ridge on Sneffels instead & descended Lavander. Good day. Dry conditions. Snow was icy & bulletproof.
started from East Dallas Creek TH (Blue Lakes TH) and top via Lavender Couloir. 'dodged a bullet' - night after the hike it rained much of the time; the Sneffels ridge-line had a blanket of fresh snow seen as I departed for home.
Day hike from Blue Lakes TH. Started a little before 5, summited at 8:30. Ridge was very fun - a few route finding challenges and parts where I to backtrack a bit. Might have helped if I had done any research at all - oh well. I didn't feel like anything was particularly difficult, the only sections that required real climbing had quite stable rock. But I could see how this would be a real challenge for someone not used to Class 3 scrambling. I went back across the ridge to avoid the horrid looking slopes of the standard route.
Long day out due to snow conditions, could only make the lot at 11,400 due to snow on the road. Minor postholing up to Lavendar Couloir; the postholing was even more severe up higher. The v-notch was snow/iced over, exposed as well... cleared a class 4 route starting at the top of the couloir; it is technically more difficult but considerably less exposed.
My Grandma once gifted me a book about the 14ers. It was the story of a man setting out to climb them all. This book set in me a lifelong dream to see the wonder and beauty of the Great Rocky Mountains. To the mountain climber in me: it gave me a thirst to achieve the same goal. This was my first experience with the legendary 14ers and it was unforgettable. Hope to be back someday.
My very first 14er! Approached it along the southwest ridge and am quite happy with that route choice. Some fun scrambling and route finding. Vastly superior to the slow trudge I saw others do up the main route.
Fun scramble in perfect fall conditions.
Mt. Sneffels via the Southwest Ridge. Started at 6am and was smooth sailing up to the Blue Lakes Pass. SW ridge was a little scary, especially by myself, but it only required a few difficult moves. The summit was fantastic, but the South Slopes route to the bottom absolutely sucked. Loose screw the whole way down — definitely don’t recommend that way.
Ascended SW Ridge and descended the Lavender Col. Lots of people for a Monday. Went up with Nona & Alise Gladbach.
Southwest ridge up and the easier way down. It lightly snowed and was foggy till 5:30. Made the ridge more fun. High winds and some icy sections too. took the steeper way up the ridge direct to finish it. Didn't know the actual route back down but easy to figure out
03/09/20 w/Ryan Stadheim
Turned around just below the summit due to worsening conditions. Skied down. Epic day!
Parked and started the hike right where the road for governors basin splits off the Yankee boy basin road and it was 6.6 miles round trip. Didn’t get the data on the elevation gain, cuz I was testing the low power mode on my new Suunto Spartan GPS watch. But I took Niko with me and it was a very pleasant hike. It’s steep and slick, especially going up the rock field to the saddle. But an enjoyable climb up the chute to the summit. The V notch near the top is no joke and Niko and I climbed around it to the right. We descended through the V notch and it was a bit of a jump for Niko but he made it. Shortly after the V notch, I was descending the chute to the saddle and my left leg slipped out from under me, and my right leg stayed behind, so I did the splits. My body weight fell uphill and I landed on my leg, which was pinned on a rock behind me. I felt a big pop on the outside of my ankle. It was a very slow descent as I thought I had broken my ankle.
Camped in Yankee Boy Basin and hiked to the summit the next day--my first 14er!
Fun climb, great views
that was *barely* class 3. good warm up for torreys/grays
TMI trailhead data (2WD, lower/upper 4WD, really?) ...basically add 2 miles if your in a Nissan Sentra rental. Started at 2:30pm, "the new 6am" after a leisurely lunch at Maggies in Ouray. A 6hr climb up the solid rock SW ridge with a NE couloir class 3 variation. Gaining 3,560' in 5.8 miles made this my 40th CO14er to summit. Cheers!
In POS rental, so had to start at @10.7K ft, below the lower TH. We didn't really mind, but hiking up that road for a couple of miles is not that enjoyable. Wishing I had my jeep in Texas while watching all these guys have fun cruising up to the upper TH! We did ok on time though - 3:15 up, and that was taking our time. Fun climb, but if you want more true scrambling, maybe the ridge will provide it.