We got to our rental cabin in Winter Park very late Friday night (due to my business travel). We were able to enjoy a big breakfast in town before setting off for this hike. Tons of snow, cornice still 10+ feet deep in spots! The dogs loved this hike, especially the chance to swim at the deserted Reservoir after the hike.
With Blue Ridge, 10265, Cottonwood Benchmark, 9905, 9810, 9617 & Mount Chauncey.
I hiked up Snow Mountain fairly often after work during my summer at YMCA of the Rockies. We usually saw at least one fox. Good times with new friends.
July 17 2011
July 17 2011:
After church, Kimberly, Kessler and I set off for a climb of Sheep Mountain. The skies were threatening, but we were hoping that they would improve as time went on.
We managed to climb to the summit of the mountain, but we had alternating heavy rain and hail as well as brief periods of sunshine. Even with our raincoats, we were pretty soaked by the time we got down the mountain.
June 7 2009:
I left to climb Sheep (Snow) Mountain alone in the early evening. The plan was to reach the summit of the peak hopefully by sunset, hopefully watch the sunset and then to descend by flashlight in the dark.
It was fairly sunny when driving to the trailhead, but as soon as started up the mountain, it began to rain. Luckily it was a light rain, so it wasn’t a big deal. On the way up the peak, I saw and photographed a fox and then saw a huge bull elk higher up the mountain.
It was a cold and very windy day and as I made my way up the ridge I noticed that there was quite a bit more snow than I expected so I wished I had brought my ski poles and maybe even the ice axe. Luckily with the cool weather the snow was very firm.
I made the summit before sunset and took several photographs of the surrounding clouds and mountains and saw another big bull elk right below the summit. I decided not to wait until sunset since it was cloudy and since I could see a wall of clouds approaching from the west. I high-tailed it off the mountain and by the time I reached the false summit to the north of the main summit, it was snowing hard. I made my way down the mountain as the weather cleared and in the dark forest arriving back at the vehicle just before 10 pm. It was a nice little climb.
Nice little forested hike to a a great view.
Nice easy hike. Beautiful views.