Peak(s):  Snowmass Mountain  -  14,092 feet
Date Posted:  09/29/2020
Modified:  03/17/2021
Date Climbed:   08/13/2020
Author:  dksmith
 Snowmass - West Slope variation   

Climbed this route Aug 13, 2020. Just a few updates to the main West Slope route description to note. I drove in through Lost Trail road (the northern road option vs the Crystal River road, the southern road option). More details about the road conditions can be found on the Hagerman Peak Southface Route page. On the Lost Trail road at 10.0 miles there are remains of avalanche and tree debris that had blocked the road in 2019. A vehicle path (Aug 2020) has been cut through the debris but a challenging section requiring high clearance and 4x4 low gear is needed to pass this section. Razor or ATV vehicles were able to pass through the section without getting stuck. One item to note on the hiking approach, there is a now well-defined user trail that heads through campsite #4 on too Little Gem Lake. The well-defined user trail continues beyond Little Gem Lake approximately 0.3 miles to where it crosses the small stream. From the stream crossing at 11,700’ you will begin to ascend the talus slope.

The second item of note, there is a much easier route to the right of the green vegetation patch. I went up the green patch and on the way down found the ramp variation. The variation avoids climbing on the wet and slippery grass and rocks in the green patch. Head up toward the large rock in the center of the slope. Aim toward the gully just left (north) of the large prow of rock protruding from the right side of the gully. Get on the ramp that traverses left (north) to the top of the grassy patch. It look like goats or other climbers have utilized the route and there is somewhat of a path or dirt spots along the traverse. When descending this route, while standing at the top of the vegetation patch look left (South) and you should see a large dirt patch (approx. 8-10 ft in size) this is the beginning of the ramp and is an easy walk down.


My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




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