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