Started off to climb the class 3 southwest ridge and made it to about 13,500 when suddently it began to rain which turned to freezing rain, gropple, and finally snow. This made the rock very slippery so we decided to head back down and try again some other day. Little did we know that that other day would be just a few hours later. Around 4pm the clouds broke up and the sun came out. So we decided to give it another try. We dug deep and pushed our way to the summit in a very quick 3 hours using the south slopes route. What an amazing view from this summit. By far the best summit I've hiked.
This is the first 14'er since I turned 50. My first attempt was laughable. I drove to the end of the Yankee Boy Basin road (it's now closed). Got there after noon. Grabbed my Camera bag, and took off. I made it to the scree col. It was there I realized I shouldn't have taken my camera bag and I should have taken some water. The couloir was full of snow and me with tennis shoes. I went home to reexamine my climbing.
On my second attempt, I drove to the end of the road the night before and spent the night in my PU. Got up at day break, took my camera only, some water etc and climbed to the summit. Wasn't ready for the final 2+ scramble at the summit but I decided I would have to "just do it". I did it. I couldn't take any pictures because I spent about 20 minutes in a cloud. I caught a few glimpses of Blue Lakes but not much else. Sneffels is the only 14'er that can be seen from Grand Junction, my home town. But only on clear days.
Fun climb with my two dogs! I had to climb a steep coulior to the left because the standard routes final 2+ move was not good for my large dogs!
Very fun class 3 climb. Descended the standard route back to Yankee Boy.
Strange having trucks full of people go by that high but a beautiful hike.
Rain/Hail from the previous night had washed out the access road & added 2 miles to the hike. I was "tricked" into following the Southwest Ridge instead of the standard route & turned back at about 13500ft due to noon-hour thunder/lightening storm
sneffels was an easy second climb, great for beginners, and it has an extraordinary north face. just a sheer drop.
For the most part, a fun hike. I didn't care much for the Scree Col though, but did enjoy the trough from the saddle to the summit. Great views from the summit!!
This is the highest mountain i've hiked and thus far my last 14er. The view was increadible.