Mt. Sniktau  
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2017-03-04  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-03-06, By: ajlavigne
Info: Route from Loveland Pass to Sniktau is almost entirely covered with firm snow, but not icy at all. We ended up ascending all the way from Loveland Pass, over Cupid, and to Grizzly without traction or flotation, but did put micros on for the descent and traverse to Sniktau - just left them on for a few scrambling moves along the Cupid-Grizzly ridge and where the route was dirt/rock. Even snow-covered, it's easy to follow the trails other than the rocky section south of Cupid and the last couple hundred feet of Grizzly; stay close to the ridge lines (but off cornices) and you can't go wrong. 
2017-01-18  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2017-01-19, By: Trotter
Info: About 2-6 inches of snow on route, traction is very useful, don't need snowshoes 
2016-11-26  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-28, By: Marmot96
Info: Knee deep snow in a few areas but nothing that requires snowshoes or traction. Easy hike with visible trail for 90% of the time. 
2016-07-04  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-04, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Loveland Pass parking fills up fast - started at 6am on the 4th of July and finished by 830/9 to the lot and overflow lot filling up fast. The 1000' elevation gain in the first mile is a steep climb, but the views are great the whole way on the wide path. Only passed people on my way down and had the summit to myself. Great climb! 
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2016-06-25  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: rwf66
Info: Great day for a hike. Started at 6:30am, and finished at 9:00am. Trail is dry all the way. Not crowded at all for a sunny Saturday. 
2016-06-18  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-18, By: HarkNeal
Info: Trail is dry from Loveland Pass to the connecting ridge. One small marshy area and a few easily avoidable snowfields between the top of the ridge and Point 13152. Trail should be completely clear and dry in another week or two. 
2016-06-12  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-12, By: sdicenso
Info: Lots of parking early in the morning, but a lot of tourists in the parking lot when you come back down. I think that there were probably 9 of us who summited. A lot of others probably not committed to the summit were heading up late, but not too crowded. The trail is really worn and steep in the beginning, from the ridge to summit, nice trail. Crossed a few snow fields, but only post holed twice. Most of the snow is avoidable by walking around the edge or the trail passes it anyway. Good return back to the TH. 4 hrs roundtrip (including a potty break, two snack breaks and lots of photo ops). 
2016-06-12  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-12, By: JQDivide
Info: Route is mostly dry from TH to Summit. You can walk around the few snowfields without much trouble, just a few extra steps to the left. 
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2016-06-05  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-06-10, By: KansanClimber
Info: Mostly snow free and trail is mostly dry. Still a bunch of snow off the ridge proper, but otherwise it's summer trail conditions. 
2016-05-28  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2016-05-30, By: jasayrevt
Info: Good, prime conditions for this route and reaching the top of the peak. Variable, definitely still a lot of snow around. There are many high-quality mountaineering lines that are in. Easy from Loveland Pass, gain ridge and coast on over. Make a trip up and enjoy the great outdoors / summit. Pictures included for beta 
2015-11-25  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-11-25, By: CreekRunner
Info: The route up to Point 12,915 is basically free of snow, just a few icy spots. The remainder of the trek has snow but can easily be avoided. 
2015-07-01  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-07-02, By: wazoheat
Info: Trail is in very good shape. Only 3 snow patches, one had some minor postholing but it was easily avoidable by walking on the rocks just to the left of the trail. Microspikes not necessary. 
2015-06-21  Route: From Loveland Pass/Standard
Posted On: 2015-06-24, By: shaw64
Info: Hiked Mt. Sniktau on Sunday, June 21 and conditions were spectacular. Windy ridge as expected and some snowy spots but no microspikes or other traction devices needed if staying on trail. Parking is filling up quickly (full by 8:45) because of skiers/boarders on the continental divide side of loveland pass and hikers heading to Sniktau/Grizzly/Cupid so be sure to get there early or walk up a bit from secondary lot(s). All in all, a nice short hike to summit Sniktau and, I assume, Grizzly Peak, although there may be more snow on that south/westerly side of the ridge after you hit the trail split and turn left to Sniktau and right to Grizzly and/or Cupid, I believe. 
2015-06-20  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-06-21, By: sheller
Info: Conditions on Sniktau and Grizzly are good. Brought micros, but didn‘t need to use them. When going down from Cupid to Grizzly there were a couple of steep snow sections, but you can bypass them by climbing over the class 3 boulders- not a big deal. 
2015-04-04  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2015-04-05, By: mlayman09
Info: Great time to get out and stretch your legs above treeline! Encountered minimal snow, but there are, of course, many large cornices along the eastern sides of the ridges. Climbed it in the full moon last evening, here‘s a few of the best pics I was able to muster without using a tripod and in brutal wind. 
2014-12-12  Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2014-12-12, By: BagginPeaks
Info: Packed like I was ready for some winter snow climbing.. Should have packed like it was summer instead. Hardly any snow from the top of 6 to the summit, what little there is can be avoided. 
2014-04-12  Route: From Loveland Valley Ski area
Posted On: 2014-04-14, By: stevebillig
Info: Safe climbing both western ridges. Snow almost all the way to the summit. Carried snow shoes and crampons and used neither. 
2013-12-16  Route: Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2013-12-17, By: AndesX
Info: Windy. No much snow, only in spots. Snowshoes were great help, though. Cornices below the summit. Picture: Approaching to 13.152. 
2013-10-30  Route: Sniktau/Cupid/Grizzly from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2013-10-31, By: Blix
Info: Windblown, with small patches of snow up to ~2 deep. Pictures: 1. on the way up to Sniktau from Pt. 12,915 2. the ridge up to Grizzly 3. Parnassus & Bard from Sniktau 4. Torreys from Cupid 
2013-04-29  Route: Standard from Loveland Pass
Posted On: 2013-04-29, By: onepeakatatime
Info: Mt. Sniktau seems to always be relatively clear. Perhaps the good Lord wants to give us summer hikers at least one mountain to practice on. As you can tell from the pictures, the trail up to PT 12915 was about 50% dirt and rocks, with the rest in drifts 4 to 9 inches deep (mostly hard packed or ice. The wind was running between about 30 to 45 mph, which finally convinced me to turn around for the sunny and 80‘s in Denver. This was my third hike up towards or to PT 12915 in the past 6 weeks and it has been about the same conditions each time. 

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