Incredible day! This was my 2nd 14er and my first Class 3 peak. We started hiking that day at about 2am, made it to the lake by sunrise, and summitted around 10am. I think we finished hiking that day around 5pm, after about 15 hours and 20 miles. My friend Dave and I were dead exhausted.
The scenery and scrambling were great, but the scree field was less than fun....
It was more like "Snowmassless" Fun climb, great weather.
Would rather have had snow to ski/glissade down. Weather stayed nice all day, just cloudy enough.
A fun scramble.
10 hours roundtrip. Trip Report
Awesome Trip! Great stream crossing near oxbow lake. Loved the ridge scramble. Lots of snow!
The most technical climb thus far, and physically demanding. I had heard of the Elk Range being rather rugged and remote, but I had no idea. The entire hike to base camp was gorgeous, filled with marmots and columbines. Lake is suberb, and fishing was great!
Straight up the snowfield to the saddle between Snowmass and North Snowmass...Gorgeous!
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.
A Great Day & Summit. The 8 mile backpack out was a little rough with blistered feet. Well worth it though.
Nice ridge scramble.
Beautiful mountain. An enchanting wilderness experience.
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).
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.
Backpacked into Snowmass Lake, summited the following day and hiked out. Long trip with great scenery. Well worth the hike. 46th 14er!
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.
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.
Great hike...but has a lot of late-season snow fields...can make for a wet descent.
Great hike to lake! Great fishing! Great snow climb! My last 14er!
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.