My sons, Troy & Patrick along with Molly the mt mutt, climbed Mt Sneffels on a rainy cloudy morning. We were the first to summit unless the two before us climbed it in one hour. If they did then we were the second to summit. We were on the summit alone which is unusal for Sneffels. We could not get a view of anything but clouds. The scree was bothersome but what's new. I'm sure glad they did all those improvements on the trail. This is Molly's second and my third time. Pat's & Troy's first. No register on the summit.
The day started out with a steady drizzle but finally let up around 9am. The Lavender Col route was a bit muddy so we stayed to the side on the rocks as much as possible. There are spots of snow in convienent places for an occasional snowball....
It was a great climb, the clouds even lifted every now and then to let us see the surrounding area.
One problem though.....There was no summit log. We searched around for it and no luck. Lots of pens had fallen under the summit cairn, but no log.
If you climb this route, watch out for excessive erosion on the way up to the saddle. Try to stay on the bigger rocks and not slide down the fine stuff.
great climb, great conditions although we were hit by rain and sleet on the descent. the view from the top is amazing!!!
Second ascent of Sneffels, but the first by this route. This was one of the best 14er routes I've ever done. Snow was perfect and the weather cooperated until I was off the summit. Great Route!
Skied from just above Lavender Col. Nice day.
Trip Report: Skiing Sneffels
This is probably my favorite 14'er climb to date other than Crestone Peak. Tremendous views with an incredible amount of snow persisting in June. With stable snow, this is a great late spring climb. See my trip report.
One of my favorite Colorado climbs!! Looking down to
Yankee Boy basin and the surrounding peaks was
an incredible summit experience!! Don't miss this one!!
Beautiful Hike. Clouds enclosed us the whole way to the top, then pow! The clouds opened up, and you could see for miles. The lakes down below were crystal blue, it was amazing. On the way down it started to rain, then lighting. The drive back to the campground we saw water ripping through side canyons, you definately don't want to be on that road up through yankee boy basin through a really bad rain storm or you might get washed way down into the river. Although that water was eye catching to watch explode through those canyons.
Beautiful mountain, beautiful day.
Spectacular vistas and a fun scramble! We saw some deer and lots of two legged creatures!
Had a mini suv with little clearance so, we parked at the parking area below the TH. A thunder storm quickly came in, but literally lasted only 5 minutes, and we had clear weather the remainder of the hike. Once on the summit, we saw 2 other storms in the distance so, we took a few quick snapshots and immediately headed down. Gorgeous mountain, gorgeous hike, wish we could have remained on the summit longer....
A very quick climb from the TH, with minimal exposure. And for those seeking more fun, don't go up the SE col, climb the ridgeline next to it for Class 3 fun. Wish I had a 4x4, so I wouldn't have had to hike from the Camp Bird Mine.
Eric J Lee
5th time up; I never tire of this mountain.
Molly the mountain mutt and I left the trailhead (12,000 ft) at about 7 am. Reached Lavender Col about 8:30 and the summit about 10:30. I know, I'm slow but I had to help molly. She can go up places she can't go down. She did quiet well until we got to the excape notch in the couloir. I needed to boost her through. We spent about 20 minutes on top taking pictures, drinking water, eating trail mix, signing the register etc. This is one of the best view summits around. Getting down was easy after getting to the coulier but I had to help Molly 5 times to get there. The new and improved trail half way up the scree to the Col is great. Got back to the TH about noon.
Easy to see why this is mountain is on most people's top ten list. It has everything for climbing, from scrambling to the technical-only north face. And it's a nice mountain to look at. And has a nice view on top. And (unless you're doing the north face) you have to go through Yankee Boy flowers to start.
I've done the mountain several times, with Aaron and Ellen, and--good for him!--my brother Chet's only fourteener; and other people I don't remember at the moment.
Something about Sneffels gives it an immediacy and personality staying with you even after you're long off, and doing other things. Right on, I say!
Lots of scree, scrambling, loose rock, and exposure, grueling up and down, fantastic views all around, great, great, hike....
Climbed this one with my sister. We were the first to summit this particular day; had the summit all to ourselves. What a beautiful mountain!
Nice climb, especially the last 500 feet. Route-finding crux is definitely before the notch. Traverse into the notch from the east, not the west! Unless you like unusually rotten gullies (almost crushed by a one-ton boulder that slid when I leaned on it) or free-soloing loose 4th/5th class rock, that is.
Only sustained 3rd class climbing is in the gully above the notch. I'd question the existence of any 3rd class on the exposed upper part of the ridge. Especially if you ascend the use trail east of the ridge proper.
Otherwise, this is a classic and highly recommended summit. Awesome views, and no solitude! Shared the summit with ten others and saw perhaps a hundred others in Yankee Boy Basin.