Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
Date Posted:  07/03/2011
Date Climbed:   06/30/2011
Author:  Cheyenne 14

 Windy Day On Sneffels  

My buddy Mike and I started at the trailhead about 7am with some wind but mild temperatures in the 50F range. There was one other group of two at the trailhead so parking was easy. We packed snow shoes, ice axes, crampons and helmets. We did not need the snowshoes or crampons but the ice axes were definetly need in the upper col.


There are several small creeks to cross on the lower portion of the trail. With lots of snow up high I would expect this to continue for awhile.

creek crossing

creek crossing

We reached the upper trailhead marker in about an hour and continued to experience some high wind gusts but the weather was still overcast but holding out so we continued.

Upper Trailhead

We reached the first col (lavender) and decided to navigate to the left of the snow field as we watched the other group of two in front of us post hole through the middle of it.

Lavender Col

We made the left turn into the upper col and pulled out our ice axes and proceed up. Mike lead the way kick stepping footholds. Mike has always been a stronger climber than me and we move faster this way. We also had a young feller named Alec catch up with us and joined us for the final part of the climb.

Upper Col

Mike in the Upper Col

After completing the real crux of the climb we just had the small class 3 rock climb left and then the easy step up to the summit


We summited about 10:30 and spent very little time there as it looked like we had some weather moving in as you can see from the photos.

Mike and I


We made it back to the truck about 1:30pm. It took sometime to get down as we had to retrace our steps to find our snowshoes that we stashed and also had to stop and change some wet socks. I would recommend taking a pair of gaters for getting through the snow and also some dry sock as it is still very wet and it's melting pretty fast. The wind was very gusty at times and we had to hunker down more than once to keep from getting blown over.

We were very blessed to finish when we did as it started to rain pretty hard just as we got back to the truck, but all in all a resonable day for a climb up Sneffels.

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 Comments or Questions
Eagle eye 1

07/04/2011 23:09
Just curious, is it possible to drive all the way to the upper trail head marker, (end of road)????????

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