Snowmass Mountain Climber's Log

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Mike Mc

Mike Mc - Jul 19, 2006 3:04 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2006

Snowmass Lake  Sucess!

Straight up the snowfield to the saddle between Snowmass and North Snowmass...Gorgeous!


Asphazell - Jul 3, 2006 9:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2006

Snowmass Lake/East Couloir  Sucess!

Great trip with two great friends! Hike to the lake was long, but the lake and the East Couloir were INCREDIBLE! Snowmass is in my top 5 favorite summits. Definitely glad we did this while there was a good deal of snow up there, wish it had been a little cooler though.


altitude14er - Jun 26, 2006 6:45 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2006

Route Climbed: Snowmass Lake  Sucess!

A Great Day & Summit. The 8 mile backpack out was a little rough with blistered feet. Well worth it though.

Mountain Jim

Mountain Jim - Mar 23, 2006 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 1968

From Lead King Basin  Sucess!

Nice ridge scramble.


markhyams - Mar 5, 2006 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 1999

Standard Route  Sucess!

Beautiful mountain. An enchanting wilderness experience.

CarlZ - Sep 3, 2005 10:41 pm

Route Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: August 21, 2005  Sucess!

I'm new at this stuff. My 2nd 14K peak. Did Mt. Whitney last summer while completing JMT.

This was day four of a 5-day backpacking trip (w/ wife and another couple). The hike up Snowmass wasn't too bad. Had trouble w/ snowfield on way down. Slipped 3 times & broke hiking pole arresting myself. Didn't use an ice axe. Mistake. The scree at the bottom was difficult to come down for me and my buddy. Did a lot of 'butt sliding.'

Hope to do more peaks next summer (w/ ice axe and possibly crampons).


hhsilleck - Jul 18, 2005 6:24 pm

Route Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 7/16/05  Sucess!

The backpack in to the lake is possibly my favorite fourteener approach hike - fantastic! Great climb, except for the miserable scree slope just above the lake.


doumall - Jul 18, 2005 12:09 pm

Route Climbed: Snowmass Snowfield Date Climbed: 7/17/05  Sucess!

Backpacked into Snowmass Lake, summited the following day and hiked out. Long trip with great scenery. Well worth the hike. 46th 14er!

Larry V

Larry V - Jan 9, 2005 9:12 pm

Route Climbed: west face, east slopes Date Climbed: September 1996 & July 2004  Sucess!

Climbed with Aaron P. from Lead King Basin at 9600'. It's shorter this way, but not nearly as scenic as the Snowmass Lake approach on the east side. Did the traditional approach and route in 2004, with Alan, Ron, and Michael. A real treat.


Saintgrizzly - Aug 11, 2004 12:19 am

Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: September, 1995  Sucess!

Climbed with Aaron and Mark. Probably this (the West Ridge) is the most direct route, but it's still a long day, with much class three bouldering, and some class four manuevering to lift yourself onto the summit. It's worth it--this is one of my favorite Colorado mountains!

Aaron and I went to the upper basin earlier (I don't remember the year), and spent what to my mind is the most memorable night I've ever had in the mountains. A front stalled out directly over Snowmass, and as it kind of ebbed and flowed over us formed thunderstorm after thunderstorm. We were camped right at timberline, and the lightning and thunder were so intense I remember it sounding like huge marbles were rolling across the sky! Maybe I should have been afraid, but it was too huge a sounding night to do anything but listen, and be amazed! I'll never forget it...

Next morning, the peak was covered with snow, so we turned around.

Peter Eliassen

Peter Eliassen - Jul 22, 2004 3:51 pm

Route Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: July 15, 2004  Sucess!

Great hike...but has a lot of late-season snow fields...can make for a wet descent.


climbcolorado - Jul 8, 2004 7:18 pm

Route Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 7/7/04  Sucess!

Great hike to lake! Great fishing! Great snow climb! My last 14er!


gunnersmith - Apr 18, 2004 8:43 pm

Route Climbed: standard route up snowfield from Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: August 17, 2003  Sucess!

There really wasn't a snowfield. We crossed one very small patch of snow, but that was it. The climb is very straight forward. The bottom of the mountain is a mess. You will slip and slide all over the place because of the loose pebbles and dirt. Wear gaitors to avoid pebbles in shoes. The summit was nice, and camping at Snowmass Lake was a bonus.

Bulldozer - Jan 9, 2004 9:17 am

Route Climbed: Eastern slopes from Snomass Lake Date Climbed: July 5th, 2003  Sucess!

Summitted on a picture-perfect July day. Snow was packed and offered lots of opportunities to slide back down. My friend from Missouri made it to the ridge before stopping due to a lack of oxygen. Definitely my favorite peak to date.


RyanS - Oct 14, 2003 10:52 am

Route Climbed: The Big Bowl via Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: October 11, 2003  Sucess!

There was sadly no snow to enjoy on this autumn day. On the plus side, we didn't see a single person, aside from one Snowmass summitter we saw from afar, who must have come from Lead King Basin. A TR is available here.

Matt Mahoney

Matt Mahoney - Jul 27, 2003 10:59 pm

Route Climbed: W slopes from Lead King basin Date Climbed: July 21, 2003  Sucess!

4WD approach from 9700 ft. Lots of class 3 loose rock on the W slopes. 4 hours to summit. Descended ridge to Hagerman, then down much looser rock into Geneva Lake basin (boulders, bushwacking, swamps), took another 4 hours.


Kane - May 23, 2003 1:00 pm

Route Climbed: Standard/Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 1995  Sucess!

My favorite 14er so far. Snowmass Lake is a spectacular wilderness setting. The approach is long but very well worth it. Climbed Snowmass with my friend Josh R. or SP's "Edgy" . Here is a cool shot from that memorable day in 95. That is Josh trying to get on top of that rock pinnicle. The views of Capitol are breathtaking.


Diggler - Mar 19, 2003 5:59 pm

Route Climbed: The Big Bowl from Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: 3 August, 2000  Sucess!

Getting to Snowmass Lake in 5 hrs the night before, I met this group of guys from Chicago who thought I was crazy for hauling 7 bottles of beer up to the campground (it was worth it). Left the next morning @ 10.45, arriving at the summit @ 13.23. A severe Rockies thunderstorm ensued, with lightning all around, scaring the hell out of me. Made a speedy descent to the lake. Awesome mountain, and wonderful camping at a scenic lake.


big_g - Mar 3, 2003 4:31 pm Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2002

Route Climbed: East Slopes  Sucess!

Beautiful day and 2 beautiful girls on the summit. Yahoo!


Colonelpyat - Feb 28, 2003 5:31 am

Route Climbed: Snowmass Lake Date Climbed: Fall 1999  Sucess!

This was my first hike, climb, or backpack in many years and it just wrecked me. We had pretty awful weather the whole time but the one minute break in the clouds at the top gave me a good view of Capitol and that made it all worth it.

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