| Sneffels from Yankee Boy Basin
Climbed on 7/28/07. Will say right off the bat that this was by far my favorite 14er so far (#17). Hike is not very long, the views are spectacular and the route is challenging but not overly difficult.
The scree fields are steep but fun. There was still snow in the upper gully below the summit, but no extra equipment was necessary. Wore a climbing helmet after reading other posts but had no problem with rock fall. We were some of the first people up the hill that morning though and I would definelty recommend helmets if you are going later in the day when it is more croweded.
Camped in Ridgeway State Park for the weekend. It is cheap, well kept, quiet, and located 10 min from Ridgeway for shopping, 20 min or so to Ouray and an hour or so to the Yankee Boy Basin Trailhead.
(Except for 2 extremely extremely drunk, blasted out of their heads guys that showed up Sat night after full day of drinking at White Horse Saloon in Ridgeway. Backed into tree with full pickup bed of wood pallets. Almost fell over getting out of truck, intruded on our camp site for interesting conversations, yelled obcentities, tried to start fights, loud music, started a raging bonfire in fire pit, then layed down next to road and urinated while laying down even though the bathroom was 50 feet away. Needless to say the problem took care of itself after three visits from park rangers. It was awsome, like an episode of COPS, and they were cuffed and taken away. Pretty sure this was the exception and not the rule.)
Road is pretty rough especially with new wash outs from recent rains, but is no problem, passable with 4WD.
Don't forget Orvis hot Springs, Telluride, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
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