Peak(s):  Snowdrift Peak - 12274
Date Posted:  11/14/2017
Date Climbed:   11/11/2017
Author:  dillonsarnelli
 Snowdrift Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park   

Snowdrift Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park

Peak: Snowdrift Peak (12,274')
Date: November 11, 2017
Trailhead: Green Mountain (8,800')
Approach: Northeast ridge
Distance: 22.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,500 ft.
Wolf, but probably a giant coyote sightings?: 1
Human sightings: 0
Participants: solo
Time: 12 hours

Snowdrift Peak in RMNP has been on my radar ever since a failed attempt in 2013. That outing was a classic example of how to unintentionally haze your friends when they travel out to Colorado. My buddy Brad, having just landed in CO from DC, found himself at the North Inlet TH at the crack of dawn on a bitter cold September morning ready to take on something called Snowdrift Peak with me. The first snow of the season came early and unexpectedly the night before. One of us may have been wearing trail runners. 8 miles in we were sitting at Ptarmigan Lake wondering why the lake was in the wrong spot. Later we would contemplate that maybe there weren't actual trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.

November 11, 2017 - Round 2 - Snowdrift Peak via Green Mountain TH.

The rematch. Keep Reading...

Snowdrift Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park

Snowdrift Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park

Comments or Questions

Dilly dilly
11/14/2017 06:17
How do you like your Mammut pack? Which one is it? I just bought the trion light 38, but I haven't used it yet.

Good pictures, helluva effort to get drifted!


Never EVER gets old!
11/14/2017 06:44
Maybe that will inspire Brad to come back! Great job in getting it in this time!


11/14/2017 08:10
Darin Darin - I love this pack. It's the Trion 35. My only issue with it is that in the fall I still like to use my bladder. The sleeve can only fit a 1.5 L bladder, so I had to buy a new bladder and I also carry a nalgene on bigger trips. Comfort: 10+, Durability: 10, and it's a pretty sweet color.

Doug - I forwarded this to Brad last night. He said he's glad we didn't see the bear sign because he would have turned around.


Look at yourself
11/14/2017 09:21
I can see that jacket from Durango


11/14/2017 11:43
Haha. Iâll let you know next time Iâm in town! We can go to comedy works.


You da man!
11/14/2017 12:16
Doing this from the West side, big day! How many more RMNP peaks do you have until you've hit all the ranked ones? I think that is just a huge coyote, but I don't know for sure. They're good at blending in the surroundings.


Geez, Dillon!
11/14/2017 12:35
Big, big day and great pics as always. When I grow up, I wanna be you!


11/14/2017 13:00
Was it one of those hybrids?


Dave, Jay, Strato
11/15/2017 21:25

Dave - Such a different park on that side. And to answer your question, A LOT.
Jay - Be careful what you wish for...
Strato - hybrid works, but let's go 51% wolf.

Hope you guys are doing well!

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