Peak:  Mt. Sneffels (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Wentzl
 Date of Info:  07/12/2011
 Date Posted:  07/13/2011

The 4wd trailhead cannot yet be reached by vehicle. The road is open to the Wright's Lake trail. Lots of snow on the road above that and not likely to be open all the way for some time, a couple weeks at least. SW ridge generally snow free except for crux half way up the ridge. I went up and over and didn't need an axe, but if traversing under and around one would be useful. Photo of the crux move and summit attached. Descent on standard route. Snow in the couloir above Lavender Col soft and easy to plunge step even at 9:00 p.m. Recent rain really softened up the long descent off Lavender Col making it actually very enjoyable.

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