|Peak:||Mt. Sneffels (14er)|
|Route:||From Yankee Boy Basin|
|Date of Info:||06/03/2012|
Mt. Sneffels standard route from Yankee Boy Basin.
Starting from the 11,200' TH, the 4x4 road has a few small water crossings that can be easily navigated. There are a couple small snowfields to walk over, or you can go around them.
The beginning of the actual trail is all clear and easily navigated with only one small snow area at not much of an angle - super easy!
The big gully (first picture) is completely melted out except for the very top, but getting over the snow at the top of the gully is not difficult at all. Just walk up and over.
Lavender Couloir (second and third pictures) is partially dry - between 1/3 and 1/2 the way up, the snow starts and the angle is roughly 45 degrees. However, there are good steps everywhere, and the snow is very suncupped. It is doable without an axe and microspikes, but would be a little sketchy. If you have them, take them for sure. The sides of the gully should be melted out within the next several days.
The V-notch (fourth picture) is a little wet from melting snow but the holds are very solid and trustworthy.
Past the V-notch up to the summit is dry.
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