| Loveland Pass Area Conditions Update
Emcee Smith added a report last week containing some Loveland Pass pics that provided very useful beta. In that spirit, here are some photos I took during a quick training jaunt up Sniktau today. These pictures provide a snow conditions update for the following areas: Loveland Pass, Herman Gulch, Watrous Gulch, Kearney Gulch, Torreys Peak and, to a less useful extent, the Gore Range, Ten Mile Range, and beyond.
At no point today did I posthole or have any need for floatation. Trekking poles were useful, but an ax, crampons, and even gaiters were unnecessary. In fact, the hike to Sniktau could damn near be done entirely on dry ground! However, if you do want snow, there is plenty to be found. As you can see in some of these pictures, staying on the ridge crest from Pt. 12,915 to Mt. Sniktau provides a fun and easy early season snow romp.
Looking east from Pt. 12,915 down Kearney Gulch, past Baker Mountain on the right toward the I-70 corridor
The route from Pt. 12,915 up to Pt. 13,152 (Sniktau's false summit)
The ridge up to Pt. 13,152 (right) and its false summit (middle)
Just below Pt. 13,152's false summit
Looking back from near Pt. 13,152 to Pt. 12,915
Remaining slope from Pt. 13,152's false summit to Pt. 13,152 -- only a few hundred yards, if that
Ridge from Pt. 13,152 to Mt. Sniktau
Mt. Sniktau from the Sniktau/Pt.13,152 saddle
Looking back at Pt. 13,152 from Sniktau's summit
Torreys, Grizzly D, and "Cupid" from Sniktau
A closer shot of Torreys...the Tuning Fork is about 6 months from in!
Hagar Mountain, The Citadel, and Pettingell Peak from Sniktau
Close-up shot of Pettingell
Mount Parnassus and Bard Peak from Sniktau
Peering into the rugged Gore Range
The Gores and the Northern Sawatch with Holy Cross in the center
Keystone in the middle ground with Breck and the Ten Mile Range beyond
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