The following description assumes a start at the lower trailhead at 11,350‘, but it‘s also possible to start at the upper (4WD) trailhead at 12,460‘.
From the lower trailhead parking area (the one with the outhouse/restroom), continue west on the road that leads to the upper basin - Photo #1. After 100 yards, pass a large rock that is close to the road and then stay right at a junction - Photo #2. Follow the road 0.75 mile along the side of a hill to 11,700‘ where the road gets worse - Photo #3. It‘s another mile to the upper trailhead, but the remaining road is rough and should only be attempted by 4WD vehicles with good clearance and a short wheelbase. Continue up the road. Photo #4 shows one of several rough portions of the road. On a flat spot near 12,300‘, stay right at a road junction. Hike the last 0.25 mile to reach the upper trailhead (Photo #5) at 12,460‘.
From the upper trailhead (Photo #6), hike northwest across talus on a good trail - Photo #7 and Photo #8. After over 0.25 mile, there is a trail junction near 12,600‘ - Photo #9. Stay right toward Mt. Sneffels. You are below the south side of "Kismet" Mountain (13,694‘) at this point. Hike a short distance and turn right to ascend a few switchbacks before the trail angles toward a broad gully southeast of the summit - Photo #10, Photo #11, Photo #12, and Photo #13. The good trail runs out low in the gully and you must ascend loose rock and eroded trail sections. Climb north toward a col (often called "Lavender Col") at the top of the gully - Photo #14, Photo #15. Reach the col near 13,560‘. Photo #16 looks back down on the climb to this point.
From the col, look left (northwest) to see a steeper gully that climbs toward the summit - Photo #17 and Photo #18. The gully ascends to 14,050‘ and it‘s steep enough that falling rocks may gain momentum in some sections, especially if snow is present. With firm snow, crampons may be helpful. Begin climbing - Photo #19 and Photo #20. There is no single route up the gully and you may find yourself crossing from side-to-side as you ascend. Photo #21 looks down the gully. About 1/2 way up, angle right toward the center of the gully (Photo #22) and continue toward the top - Photo #23 and Photo #24. Taken during a spring snow climb, Photo #25 looks down the gully. Near the top (approx. 30 feet from the end), turn left to find a small "V" notch - Photo #26 and Photo #27. Carefully climb up through the notch where you‘ll notice a bit of exposure on your left as you pass through.
Past the notch (Photo #28), the climbing becomes easier and the summit is not far off - Photo #29. Scramble up to the summit on easy, stable rock - Photo #30. Photo #31 looks down on the final pitch. Photo #32, Photo #33, Photo #34, and Photo #35 were taken on the summit.