Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
Date Posted: 
Date Climbed:   08/08/2005
Author:  jep
 August 8 05. Yankee Boy Basin-Blue Lake Trail-Lavender Col  

Walked up Sneffels on Monday August 8. Parked my Suburu at the bathroom at about 7AM. Theres still snow in that final chute but you dont need an ice axe for it. Its easy to go around and glissading down it is nice with or without an ice axe. (I stayed right next to the rocks and whenever I wanted to slow down jammed my left foot into the rock.) It was soft snow. I wouldnt do that if it were hard. Im not good at following directions so I got off the road onto a trail with a sign-in book at around 12,000. I think it said it was the trail to Blue Lake Pass? Ahh. Its on the topomap. It is called Blue Lake Trail. Heres a self-portrait taken from Blue Lake Trail:
I recommend BLT if you dont mind a little bit of getting lost. I signed in and walked on it for maybe 10-15 minutes walked back to the trail head, looked at the "correct" route (4wd road) ,looked at the beautiful trail and thought "the hell with the road". I took blue lake trail and at some point a nearly invisible trail was marked with a sign that was so faint as to be nearly unreadable but said "Mt Sneffels" with an arrow pointing along the invisible trail. After maybe 20-30 minutes I had completely lost the invisible trail in the bouder field I was in. I saw some guy who had followed the directions better than me near a giant cairn and crossed through the bouder field to the cairn and ascended the normal route. I was on top around 10AM. Back to the car at 11:30. What a spectacularly beautiful place.

I dont agree that it is class 2. I definitely used my hands a lot going up that final chute to the summit. To me it was about the same difficulty as Kit Carson/Challenger point from Willow Lake which is called a 3 here. I dont recall using my hands any more on KC/CP than on Sneffels. Also there is no way to make it through the little notch near the top of Sneffels without using your hands. Downclimbing that was a little interesting. Its not as if it strikes terror in your heart, but still it didnt seem all that improbable that someone could fall 10 to the downhill side there, break an ankle, have a bad day, etc.

At some point I saw a little chipmunk who couldnt read. He had a bouquet of wildflowers in his mouth that was way bigger than him. (I say he couldnt read because signs clearly state "No picking flowers.") When I first saw him all I could see was this bouquet moving across the ground. Then I realized this little guy was taking them home to his wife who I think mustve been really pissed because he came back out and got another load and brought them back to her. The only thing I could think was that he mustve been out all night and came draggin in around 7:30 in the morning with this bouquet bigger than him and still she sent him back for a second load. On second thought, maybe he could read and just figured hed rather take his chances with the mining company than with his wife. I couldnt get a picture off unfortunately.

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