Wind didn't hit until the saddle. From there, below freezing wind chills. But, beautiful day other than that. Getting acclimatized. After only 14 hours at altitude, the first trek up to that altitude is always tough.
Started the hike at 5:50 and was able to make the summit an hour later. Not too many people on the way up but traffic was picking up on the way down.
Quick hike. Combined with Cupid and 12585
Relatively easy hike to bag 3 13'ers. Started from Loveland Pass with crew Ben and Andrea alongside me (more like dragging me along the whole time). Good warmup hike for the adventures for the rest of the summer. Started up and tagged Cupid, then slogged our way up Grizzly before making our way back the way we came to get Sniktau. Fun day with very little wind. Couldn't beat the conditions.
First 13ers of the season. Very little snow to worry about. Great views. Sunny.
With Maria. Lots of hikers on the Divide, going to Sniktau, or Grizzly, or elsewhere. It was a little breezy and cool, but not bad. Clouds started building up during the hike, but we didn't get any rain.
It was a cold, windy day with still a far amount of snow on the ground. Hiked it with Mike and his dog Pearl and my dog Loki.
Only person out there except for one skier. This was before the snow starting picking up this year and it was a very manageable climb except for the wind chill.
Tacked it on at the end of a long ridge run from Loveland Pass to Torreys & back. Watched the eclipse from the TH with some new friends!
5/31/2017-------Mount Sniktau and “Cupid” Peak: Colorado----13,235’ and 13, 117’
This is my first 13er and I’m not going to lie; I was intimidated before we began this hike. I could feel that my breathing was labored last night as soon as we got to Georgetown. At 8500’ this would be the highest that I’ve ever slept before. So then the ride to the trailhead also freaked me out a little. Yikes!!!!!! The twists and turns!!!
Onto the hike…….Scott and I left the trailhead at 6:30am. The temperature was in the low 30s and there was snow everywhere! We began up to the main ridge, which is crazy steep! We labored but we were able to get to the T-junction (Pt. 12,915) in a very decent time. It was here that we met 69 year old Richard Scott. We would take turns overtaking one another but sharing stories and chatted about the hike each time we passed. Great conversation with someone who has been hiking these mountains since the 1950s! As far as I could tell we were the only ones to summit at this point in the morning and we didn’t pass anyone on the way back down either.
Turning left we went over towards Sniktau and it seemed very easy until we got to the false summit. The real summit was quite steep but there was no reason to put on the microspikes, the snow was still pretty firm but not slick. We would summit Sniktau at 8:52am. Richard Scott summited about 10 minutes later and we shared more stories. What an amazing hike!!!! I’m almost 30 years old and this is the most snow that I’ve ever seen in my life!
From here we headed back down to the T-junction and stayed straight to go towards “Cupid.” The route was very straight forward and we summited at 10:47am.
On the way back down the mountain it started snowing on us!!!! Perfect trip!!!
o Begin at 11,990’, summit Sniktau at 13,234’, back down to Pt. 12,915, then summit “Cupid” at 13, 117’.
o 7 miles round trip
o Combined total of over 2200’ of elevation gain.
January 20 2020
On my way to Denver, I stopped at Loveland Pass and climbed Mount Sniktau. Conditions were pretty good and it was mild for January. It was overcast so I didn't stick around to watch the sunset.
August 14 2016
Shaylee, Kessler, Kimberly and I climbed Mount Sniktau and Cupid Peak from Loveland Pass. We got a fairly late start, but the weather was beautiful. There was some smoke and haze in the air, but there was no threat of thunderstorms.
We climbed Sniktau first, passing over unranked 13,152 along the way. Along the way we saw one marmot and many pikas.
After climbed Sniktau, we returned to Wishbone Pass and climbed Cupid. We watched an entertaining marmot on the summit while we were eating our lunch. Kim didn't want to continue on to Grizzly Peak, so we returned. Kim and I took the bypass trail around Wishbone Trail, while the kids took the longer way over Wishbone Pass again. We met at the junction.
It was a good hike.
Loveland Pass was clear and it took us 2 hours to reach the summit from the pass using snowshoes and breaking trail.
Over 50mph wind and my first whiteout coming back down between Sniktauand and the south summit. Got lost and started going down a gulley
4th time 11/7/15, "Y" loop with Grizzly and "Cupid". Great late fall hike, easy access for when the mountains start to get snowy!
5th time 1/29/17, Solo winter hike with "Cupid"
6th time 2/27/22, With Lindsay, Derek and Jason afternoon hike after morning resort skiing.
Short visit up to Sniktau. Good weather.
Wonderful snowy solo ascent!!!
White out and dusk on the way back. went off route several times till finally found the ridge to the pass.
Hike with Duchess - super strong winds, started with Sniktau, and went over Cupid to Grizzly and back to Loveland Pass.
Duchess what a trooper.