plenty of firm snow above 12500ft made for fun cramponing
I want to thank Alan and Matt, who also made it to the top this day. You guys were great company, and I probably would have slept longer and hiked out if I didn't see your head lamps shining across the lake. Cheers.
Enjoyed great weather on the hike in. Logjam crossing wasn't too bad in the morning, chose to catwalk the logs instead of wading across. Had to give up the summit at about 13,000 because of dangerous snow conditions. The previous days hot weather made for very unstable snow conditions...i.e., just at the foot of the ridge the snowing started screaming at my friends and I by whumping and fracturing. I definitely didn't expect this at this time of year. Still plenty of snow throughout the camping areas by snowmass lake, but there are sites that are dry and snow free. Negotiated a very tricky logjam on the return trip at about 7PM....I strongly advise not to do this in the near future...a bit dangerous.
My third trip out to Snowmass Mountain and definitely not my last… This is both a beautiful and remote mountain. Care had to be taken to scale the heavily corniced summit ridge. Views from the snowy summit were incredible! It was no easy task backpacking and climbing up with a snowboard on my back but totally worth the descent down the huge east bowl to Snowmass Lake!
Made our original attempt on Thurs.-Aug 01-2000. Made a route finding mistake at Gaines Ridge. While re-checking the route, all of a sudden, lightning ripped on the summit and all up and down the mountain. I thought I was going to die, as Diggler, (read his log), can attest to this wicked lightning storm as he was climbing on the same day. Returned a year later not to be denied, and made the summit on Aug. 2-2001 at 1200 hrs. Got back down to the lake at 1630 hrs. An amazing mountain as it is so remote. Great views from the summit of Captial Peak, North Maroon, and South Maroon. The approach thru the Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness Area is beautiful. Great climb! Also, after summit day, we hiked up to Trail Rider Pass on the Hagerman shoulder. Well worth it!
Initially attempted this mountain twice, both times from the Geneva Lake side.
Snowshoed in with Steve Gladbach March 6th and successfully summited March 7th during a storm. An unbelieveable amount of snow & most of it thigh to knee-deep powder. A very long 3 days.
And my 14er finisher! :o)
What an amazing area - this is one of my fav 14ers so far!
It was a pretty long day but it was very enjoyable.
One of my favorite 14'ers. Anything with a snow climb gets additonal points!
7/15/06 - Camped at Geneva Lake, climbed the S-Ridge and traversed to Hagerman.
3/13/10 - Reached 13,000 feet on the West Face before bailing due to conditions. Tons of avy terrain to negotiate on this mountain in winter! Hope to make another winter attempt during a better snow year.
1/8/12 - Climbed West Face from camp at Geneva Lake. Two nights out.
This was my second climb of Snowmass. Also from Lead King Basin.
With this climb of Snowmass I finished all of the Colorado Fourteeners for the first time. We approached from Lead King Basin.
Started from Maroon Lake, climbed Buckskin BM then down Buckskin Pass and camped at Snowmass Lake. Climbed Snowmass via gully between Snowmass & N. Snowmass. Got both summits and then descended standard route and packed out Snowmass Creek. This was an awesome route!
Don't bother looking for cairns above treeline...just make a beeline for the ridge! Great views from the summit, one of my top 10 14ers!
BEAUTIFUL lake! Worth the 8 mile backpack in. TEDIOUS route finding ("cairns?" WHERE?! They are little... don't waste your time- just shoot for the ridge!). Fun scramble at the end to a great summit block! L-O-N-G 13 mile hike back down and out! Loved the scenery along this route... quite possibly my favorite (of 46 now)!
Great ridge scramble and fun little summit. Weather was perfect.
My favorite climb so far... Climbed the east snowless slopes and watched the sunrise from the summit. This 14er rocks!
with jamie and mike....climbed the namesake snowfield to the summit ridge around 13,850 feet. the ridge was an unexpected surprise with lots of class three and four terrain to cross before reaching the summit.
can't believe i passed on north snowmass. the glissades, especially the first one(1000+ feet, just flat-out ripped), back towards snowmass lake were really fun!
Did this one last summer. The sunflowers from Lead King Basin were amazing!!!
A long day from the Lead King Basin TH for me and trishapajean. We climbed the left-most gully most of the way, then wrapped around to the north and ended up traversing most of the summit ridge. Spectacular exposure!