Mount Sneffels Climber's Log

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cmcalhoun - Jun 21, 2023 5:10 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2017

Sneffels  Sucess!

Super fun!

Bryan W

Bryan W - Oct 4, 2022 10:14 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2022

SW Ridge  Sucess!

Great route up the SW Ridge to the top. Stay on the ridge whenever possible. Descended the standard route, but should have just gone back down the SW Ridge. Standard route is absolutely horrible.

Matt McCullough

Matt McCullough - Sep 5, 2022 2:49 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2022

Late August Standard Route  Sucess!

Arrived with my Prius at the lower trailhead (~10, 800') at about 6:00 am. Made it to the summit with no issues by about 10 am under partly cloudy skies. Got a little pelted with some small hail and light rain on the descent.

nilene.crisci - Aug 5, 2022 5:34 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2022

First 14er!  Sucess!

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!


BKiser90 - Aug 4, 2022 12:44 pm Date Climbed: Aug 4, 2022

14er #43  Sucess!

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. - Jul 23, 2022 7:28 pm Date Climbed: Jul 23, 2022

My first 14er  Sucess!

Climbed with my son and 4 friends. Took my time and was rewarded with an absolutely gorgeous view


Kiefer - Dec 7, 2021 9:44 am Date Climbed: Dec 6, 2021

Plan B  Sucess!

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.


utahjimk - Sep 20, 2021 7:10 pm Date Climbed: Sep 18, 2021

majestic scenery!  Sucess!

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.


aarobkol - Sep 11, 2021 5:30 pm Date Climbed: Sep 11, 2021

SW Ridge from Blue Lakes TH  Sucess!

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.


sierramtngoat - Jun 8, 2021 10:20 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2021

Via Lavender Col, SE Couloir  Sucess!

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.


Levi - Dec 1, 2020 6:42 am Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2017

A wonderful experience  Sucess!

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.

Marmootle - Nov 12, 2020 9:30 am Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2020

Sneffels from SW Ridge  Sucess!

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.


ozarkmac - Sep 29, 2020 9:33 am Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2020

SW Ridge from Blue Lakes.   Sucess!

Fun scramble in perfect fall conditions.


JesseSumrak - Aug 20, 2020 7:45 pm Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2020

Sneffels SW Ridge  Sucess!

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.


Kiefer - Aug 10, 2020 2:03 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2020

Tour de Sneffels  Sucess!

Ascended SW Ridge and descended the Lavender Col. Lots of people for a Monday. Went up with Nona & Alise Gladbach.
Great day!!


xDoogiex - Jul 1, 2020 5:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2020

Fun ridge  Sucess!

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


ToTheHeights - May 26, 2020 7:54 am Date Climbed: Mar 9, 2020

Ski Descent

03/09/20 w/Ryan Stadheim

Turned around just below the summit due to worsening conditions. Skied down. Epic day!


kteichert - Aug 24, 2019 6:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2019

The mountain the slowed me  Sucess!

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.


ayoncha - Mar 19, 2019 4:21 pm Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2018

Mt Sneffels hike  Sucess!

Camped in Yankee Boy Basin and hiked to the summit the next day--my first 14er!


eli.boardman - Dec 27, 2018 11:48 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2017

Standard route from Yankee Boy Basin  Sucess!

Fun climb, great views

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