Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  East Slope
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  fox_inthesnow
 Date of Info:  07/15/2012
 Date Posted:  07/15/2012

I gave the East Slope a try today from the trailhead, not sure if Id have enough time before the rain came. I was was up near 12,500 and ran into another climber coming down, only one I saw today on this route. We chatted briefly (he did the "notch" variation mentioned in Bills reports) and I kept heading up another few hundred feet, but thought the weather looked sour and turned around, around 9:30. On my way down, I heard a tremendous boom, then a huge roar filled the amphitheater. I turned to watch a significant rockslide start left of the summit (as I was facing it) and cross the path of the "notch" variation of this route. It was hard to get a sense of scale but it looked like several house-sized boulders crossed the path, and the slide sustained for 30-60 seconds. At this point I continued down, but just wanted everyone to be aware of the rockfall danger on this part of the route.
Image 1 is the tail end of the slide, mostly just dust.
Image 2 is a rough estimate of the slide path.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2

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