actually descended the snake couloir. climbed the couloir around the ridge to the west of the snake. this couloir is located on the opposite side of the ridge that is to the southeast of blue lakes basin and southwest of the blaine basin. this route may be the north face couloir. the change of plans came when we saw the mammoth cornice with long icicles hanging off of it making it look like the jaws of death at the dogleg in the snake couloir (see my photo on the sneffels page). This change of plans may have been safer but resulted in a much longer approach. Due to the longer approach, we ended up above the cornice at 2pm rather than the more ideal 10am. don't ask me where the four hours went. We rapped off the cornice (40ft) in hopes of gaining the summit. Once we were in the snow below the monster cornice, conditions were poor, the snow was wet and deep, the sun was glaring down at us from above, postholing 2feet deep per step with just a few hundred feet to go...we felt saving Sneffel's for next year was a good plan and we headed off to the annual toe-tappin', foot stompin' Bluegrass Festival. We'll be back.
This climb was during my honeymoon. Crampons would have been nice for the couloir ascent in the morning, as the snow was quite consolidated and slick. However, it softened with the sun prior to our descent. The weather was great and the views were even better!
This route went much quicker that I had expected. The notch out of the upper coulior was missed on the ascent, and it get's a bit tricky if you try to improvise. Truly a great scenic hike, though.
Beautiful hike through Yankee Boy Basin and awesome views from the summit. My favorite 14er so far.
Very beautiful on the way up with all the wildflowers! The rock is a little loose, but it is well worth the journey!
ok, climb. bit of a slog for me for just a couple hundred feet of good climbing.
Great scramble. The spires on the way are pretty amazing (and yes, many of them have routes). Easy day out.
What a finale after starting the day with Wetterhorn!
My first 14er with my wife as a married couple! Somewhere around #46 overall I think ... one of my favorite Colorado adventures yet.
Headed up from Blue Lakes, went up the south ridge, summited and waited for the rest of the group. Beautiful day! We then headed down Lavender Couloir and over to the lakes. I've gone up from Yankee Boy Basin and Blue Lakes is by far the best way to go and the Ridge is very fun!
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!!!