Peak(s):  Snowmass Mountain  -  14,092 feet
Date Posted:  11/03/2008
Date Climbed:   11/01/2008
Author:  piper14er

 Snowmass - West Slopes/West Face  

9-9.5 miles
4500 feet
Myself and Scott E.

Drove up Friday afternoon to Lead King Basin through the town of Crystal and up to the basin. The road was fine with only a few wet spots and one snowy patch. The road is fairly rough and can get a bit narrow in spots. Got up to the parking area at about 9:00 p.m., pitched the tent, partied to 9:20 and hit the sack. The stars were out on a calm and clear night.

The gods or Gaia blessed us with a near perfect day for the climb on the west slope/west face route of Snowmass. I was happy to have had another nice weekend to go for my 50th 14er, which I considered to be a milestone number.

There was very little snow for most ofthe route with some in the gully and near the summit. Left at 6:50 a.m. and summited at 10:50 a.m. We spent 25-30 minutes on top and returned to the parking lot at 2:30 p.m.

Did not need crampons or ice axe, although Scott did use his axe to dig up the register. Warm with hardly a breeze*.

Part of the trail that reminded me of back east on the Appalachian Trail.

Lake Geneva.

Lake Geneva - Camp Four??

Ice ledges at top of talus, left of ice falls and below the gully.

Scott up and over.


The gully.

Scott on top in the sitting position for pictures. *Despite being sunny and fairly warm the rocks for the final 200+ feet were icy or slippery even though they did not look it. The top rock was the same way and when we stood up top it was interesting.

Lake Geneva from top.

Summit Ridge.




Back at the trailhead.

Additional pictures.






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 Comments or Questions

that is
11/03/2008 21:15
a big f‘ing beehive


Big 50!
02/08/2009 16:01
Way to bag your big 50. I‘m right behind you and looking to do Snowmass this summer with the rest of the Elks. Keep on climbin‘


02/09/2009 13:51
Thanks. I will be looking at the Elks this summer also and would like company on Maroon, Pyramid or Capitol. When we get into July and August if interested keep me in mind.


Curious about Snowmass
10/18/2009 18:02
Hey! Just reading your report from last Nov. Can you give direction as to which gully you went up on the west face? We were there a few weeks ago (9/26/09) and got to the ridge at 2:00pm with way too much to go before dark. Coming down the talus would be difficult in the dark. Can you help??



see photo 15 on 14ers for west slope route
10/19/2009 12:15
Kendra we followed the route that is shown in the West Slope Route for Snowmass on this site. Followed the blue line. See photos 13 through 16 in the route report. Where I show the ice flows you see a patch of grass in photo 15. As I remember the rock is pretty solid up to the ridge. It is just a short airy stretch from that point.

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