Peak(s):  Mt. Sneffels  -  14,150 feet
Date Posted:  07/08/2007
Date Climbed:   07/07/2007
Author:  cpittman

 Sneffels - South Slopes from Yankee Boy Basin  

Mount Sneffels
South Slopes, Class 2+
7.0 miles and 3,450' elevation gain
Roundtrip Time = 4.5 hours

We decided to drive far from home this weekend and attempt Mount Sneffels on the lucky date 07-07-07. We left our hotel in Ridgway (it's cheaper to stay in Ridgway) at 6:30am and arrived at the bathroom parking area in Yankee Boy Basin at 7:40am. The road to the bathroom parking area requires somewhat high clearance (4WD not necessary) and we saw no passenger cars up there. The road beyond the bathroom parking area gets a little rougher and requires 4WD. Many 4WD SUVs and Jeeps parked along the switchbacks 1 mile beyond the bathrooms. There was still a large snow patch blocking the road at 1.5 miles beyond the bathroom. No one was able to drive past that last snow patch.

The first 0.5 miles from the trailhead is easy to follow on a good trail. After we made our way to the lower gully, we saw there was no snow until the very top near the 13,500' saddle. This gully is filled with loose rock and dirt. The best route up is on the left side of the gully where more stable rocks and dirt can be found.

Once on the saddle you get a good view of the upper gully. The upper gully was still full of snow and I would recommend either hiking poles or an ice axe, depending on your comfort level. We did not have an ice axe, but since the snow was very soft the axe was not needed. The remainder of the route after hiking the upper gully is fairly easy and 99% snow free. There is was a small snow patch to cross just before attaining the summit. We reached the summit at 10:30am, 3 hours after leaving the parking area at the bathroom.

The route down was uneventful. It took 2 hours to get down taking a lot of stops to view the wildflowers in Yankee Boy Basin. The wildflowers are out in full force right now. I would highly recommend Yankee Boy Basin for wildflower viewing.

Enjoy the pictures!

4WD road conditions just beyond the bathroom parking area

Snow conditions at the trailhead (only a few snow patches left)

Trail conditions leading to the 1st gully

1st gully - Only a little snow left at the top

At the top of the 1st gully, looking northwest towards the upper gully

Closer look at the upper gully conditions

Looking back down the route from 1/4 up the upper gully

Sneffels is no problem for agile dogs! Kali is waiting for me again...

Upper gully snow conditions

Last snowfield to cross just before the summit

Blue Lakes from the summit

Summit shot with Telluride in the distance

Gotta love those Columbines!

More wildflowers

Potosi Peak from Yankee Boy Basin

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 Comments or Questions

Nice pictures
02/05/2011 00:22
Nice pictures, BTW, the last photo is of Potosi Peak.


Thank you
07/09/2007 05:26
For taking the time to read / correct my trip report! I fixed the last image.


Nice Reoprt
07/09/2007 16:54
Its amazing how different things look from just over a week ago when I did it

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