Was stupid and went up the east face with my dog. Snow was MUCH steeper than it looked and it got soft quick. Very fortunate to get a belay from above. Lesson learned!
Backpacked into Snowmass Lake via Snowmass Creek approach on Monday in torrential rain most of the day - great way to spend my first night ever in the backcountry! Hit the summit on late Tuesday morning. Had the route and summit to ourselves, except for one group of three we saw on our descent. Hiked out the same day via Buckskin Pass (as we had cars at both trailheads).
The Gladbach Memorial Day 2010 trip. My first 14er snow climb and first 14er of 2010. I was slower than normal this day. Everyone else who would summit was coming down from the summit when I reached the ridge. I was ready to turn around, but Gladbach convinced me to summit by going back with me. Glad he did!
Can I stress beautiful enough? Great hike! Got off route did some easy 5th class climbing to gain summit added some excitement. Good day in the mountains.
Took a wrong turn up Pack Trail Pass and traversed over Snowmass Peak and Hagerman. Long, loose, and exhausting. Trip report
INCREDIBLE. INCREDIBLE. INCREDIBLE.
Came up from the Snowmass creek trailhead. Hiked to lake on 29th, climbed on 30th. The top 90 feet was a pretty heavy mix of snow/ice and rock. Have to go back and get the summit. Lots of fun with plenty of snow in the snowmass still. Weather was perfect.
Absolutely beautiful area, worse part of the climb is just above Snowmass Lake negotiating all the scree
Only ten 14ers left! What a beautiful hike and scenic area around the lake. We got pummeled by a storm the night before the climb, very scary lightning.
Started up at 5:05AM with very wet trail conditions from hard rains the night before; up the west face reached summit at 10:44AM with building clouds. Did quick scramble back down with graupel and rain in a few places. Back to TH at 2:23pm just as the hard rain & hail started. My 45th 14'er.........sweet!!
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.