Absolutely PERFECT day. Awesome mountain!
Jathan Cantu reached the summit at 11:00 am. My wife, Janna made it to 13,200' before heading back--not bad for her very first high altitude climb. I was surrounded by clouds on the summit which cleared only briefly for some distant panoramic views. The hike up the boulder couloir was cool, literally, and the scramble to the summit after "squeezing" through the V-notch was easy. The summit area was tiny, however, compared to many others. On the downclimb, the sun broke through and made for another perfect day for my 4th 14'er.
Great route and position. With Paul Dowdy
Failed once last year on this and came back for another try. Made quick time up the road and up the first gully. Lavender Col is a lot of loose dirt and scree and it's better to stay farther left if you can as there is more solid talus. The 2nd gully is easy and the V-notch is overrated as a move. We made the summit in about 3 hours.
Nice hike/scramble with Chris. Easy, but fun, and extremely scenic.
First anniversary excursion for novice hikers turned out to be the one that hooked us! We hiked from just above Camp Bird Mine after taking our VW rabbit as high as we could get it. Incredible wildflowers and then the view from the top...
Went back this summer (near our 16th anniversary) and got within striking distance at the trailhead with our 6- and 9-year olds, but will have to wait a year to get them back to the top...
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