Peak(s):  "Cupid"  -  13,117 feet
Grizzly Pk D  -  13,427 feet
Sniktau, Mt  -  13,234 feet
Date Posted:  05/19/2021
Modified:  05/20/2021
Date Climbed:   05/16/2021
Author:  Mtnman200
Additional Members:   RandyMack
 Where Do We Go From Here?   

I was done with chasing lists in 2019 after the tricentennials but happy to do repeats that helped my son (Randy) complete the bicentennials in Sept. 2020. Now we had the obvious question: Where do we go from here?

After giving it some thought over the winter, we decided to mainly target random 13ers that neither of us had visited previously, with a few 13er and 14er repeats thrown in for fun. Three peaks from Loveland Pass seemed like a good place to start.

Campsites are nonexistent near Loveland Pass, but we'd found an acceptable parking area to spend Saturday night not too far above A-Basin ski area. Several other people spent the night there as well.

The next morning, we drove to Loveland Pass and ate breakfast there before heading east up the trail toward Point 12,915'. Once there, we turned south toward "Cupid." The terrain here is quite gentle and only part of the ridge on the way to "Cupid" was snow-covered.

Grizzly Peak D from the summit of "Cupid" (13,117'); it's a bit dark because the photo was taken at 5:25 AM

Mt Sniktau (right) from the summit of "Cupid"

The most interesting part of the day was between "Cupid" and Grizzly Peak D. Having microspikes and ice axes made us feel more secure on a couple of steeper sections along this part of the ridge. There was also a cornice that we (and others) made sure to avoid.

Watch out for that cornice! Taken from just below the 12,936' high point between Grizzly Peak D and "Cupid"

Randy from the same location as the previous photo (note the reflections in the sunglasses)

A closer look at the cornice.

"Cupid" from the 12,936' high point between it and Grizzly Peak D

We took a break on the summit of Grizzly Peak D (13,427') and enjoyed the scenery in all directions. It wasn't long before a couple more climbers arrived.

Looking back at "Cupid" from the summit of Grizzly Peak D

Randy (shown here on the summit of Grizzly Peak D) took all the photos in the trip report except this one.

The rugged ridge to Lenawee Mtn. (13,204') from the summit of Grizzly Peak D

Randy's ice axe poses for a photo on the summit of Grizzly Peak D

Looking northeast from the summit of Grizzly Peak D

We returned to "Cupid" and continued over Point 12,915' toward Mt. Sniktau.

Looking back toward "Cupid" from near Point 12,915'; this was one of the least snowy sections of the ridge

Almost to the top of a 13,152' ridge bump on the south ridge of Mt. Sniktau; it's not very snowy here, either.

Looking north toward Mt. Sniktau from the 13,152' ridge bump on its south ridge

When we reached the summit of Mt. Sniktau (13,234'), we were surprised to have it all to ourselves.

Looking north from the summit of Mt. Sniktau with I-70 visible just east of the Eisenhower Tunnel (the highest point on the interstate highway system)

Mt. Parnassus (13,574') and Bard Peak (13,641') from the summit of Mt. Sniktau

Looking south from the summit of Mt. Sniktau toward the 13,152' ridge bump

Torreys Peak (14,267') and Grizzly Peak D from the summit of Mt. Sniktau

On the way back to Loveland Pass, we bypassed the 13,152' ridge bump on its north side. The descent went quickly, and soon we were at the trailhead. There were very few vacant parking spaces, and we were glad we'd arrived early. Today's three peaks were fun, and we highly recommend them for your early-season climbing needs.

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Comments or Questions

Where do we go from here?
05/19/2021 23:00
Anywhere you like, Eddie. Glad to see you and Randy are still chasing it and redefining what it is.

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