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Couple more questions about Snowmass

Postby ripple_bc » Thu Jun 14, 2007 6:52 am

I have a few more questions about Snowmass. We will be starting up the standard route following Snowmass creek. Will we need any sort of backcountry passes? How far is it from the trailhead to Snowmass Lak? I've heard 16 miles and 8 miles. And, can you camp at the trailhead.

Thanks to all that have helped me out so far.

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Postby jamienellis » Thu Jun 14, 2007 8:20 am

Will we need any sort of backcountry passes?

You fill out a 'Wilderness Permit' at the TH. There is no fee. My understanding is that it helps the Forest Service keep track of #s and useage of the area.

How far is it from the trailhead to Snowmass Lake?

8 miles, 2600' from TH to the Lake. 16 miles Round Trip.

And, can you camp at the trailhead.

We camped at the TH. There aren't really any 'camp spots' but if you're not picky it's fine. We just pitched our tents in the dirt parking lot.

My trip report from last weekend is posted here:
http://14ers.com/php14ers/tripreport.ph ... m=tripmain

Hope this helps! Have fun & good luck!
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Postby Jim Davies » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:24 am

Great TR, Jamie! I've always worried about that logjam, it doesn't look quite so bad in your pictures.
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Postby GA_peach » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:25 am

Anybody been on the west side of Snowmass yet this season? How is it?

I am strongly considering a trip to Lead king Basin tomorrow.

Thanks, Alan

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Postby jamienellis » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:29 am

Thanks Jim! It was pretty anti-climactic. I'd imagine it could get more interesting with higher water, tho! We tried to help those beavers out by adding some logs. :wink:
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Postby Jim Davies » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:39 am

Does the water actually get higher than it is now? Or is it just the time of day you did it?
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Postby jamienellis » Thu Jun 14, 2007 10:47 am

We crossed it both times in the about 2 - 3 in the afternoon, so I'd think that's as high as it would get during the day.

I've read trip reports in the past where it sounds like it was thigh-deep & had a strong current. :shock:
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