Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  West Slope
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  RWSchaffer
 Date of Info:  01/19/2013
 Date Posted:  01/21/2013

Put in trench from Marble to the base of the west slope.

Followed FR 315 to the Lead King Basin trailhead. The first third of the road had seen snowmobile traffic, while the remainder was fresh snow. (Photo 1)

Followed the summer trail fairly closely to Geneva Lake. (Photo 2)

Above Geneva Lake, kept to the right of the stream to climb to the base of the west slope. This proved to be more convenient than the summer route because it avoided both the steep traverse leading to Little Gem Lake and the descent from Little Gem Lake to the base of the west slope. (Photo 3)

The west slope was relatively dry, but what snow there was consisted of slabs that were so hard as to required toe-pointing or step chopping, alternating with knee deep decaying powder that offered little support. Predominantly the latter, which resulted in my quickly running out of time once I reached the steep stuff. (Photo 4)

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

01/22/2013 05:37
Happen to have any pics of the S Ridge and its access gully?

Much obliged!


S Ridge
01/22/2013 11:25
I have sent my best picture of the S Ridge as a PM.

I don't believe that I ever had a direct view of the access gully. My route to the base of the west slope took me below cliffs that block sight of the access gully.

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