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 Peak(s):  Sniktau, Mt  -  13,234 feet
"Cupid"  -  13,117 feet
 Post Date:  09/06/2011 Modified: 09/07/2011
 Date Climbed:   09/05/2011
 Posted By:  greenhorn1
 Additional Members:   GreenHorn

 Snicker for Sniktau   


A Snicker for Sniktau


This hike is touted as an “easy” 13er if you begin at the Loveland Pass parking lot. We drove up from I-70 and parked slightly down the other side of the Pass in one of several gravel pull-offs since parking is limited. There were quite a few people milling about taking pictures of the views at the parking lot and a few that actually appeared to be hiking Snikatu and/or Mt. Cupid.
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View of trail and son Miles from the start of the hike

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View of Loveland Pass parking lot

After we made it up to around 12,900 ft, the smallish crowd had thinned out. We took a break alone relaxing behind a large rock wall and admired some rock art while our son climbed in another wind shelter nearby thinking a large bird had built a nest. We had a nice views but had yet to see the Summit of Sniktau so we continued on.
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Around 12,900ft at the Wishbone Saddle .8 Miles into the hike, 900 verticle ft from the pass

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Rock art work at the wind shelter

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Another wind shelter shaped like a bird's nest

After reaching the false summit, which was a surprising distance – maybe, ˝ a mile (?) to the actual summit we decided to take another break behind a wind wall that was appreciated as it was becoming quite blustery. My son ate a Cosmic Brownie for strength and then hopped on my husband for a piggyback ride and we continued our brief descent downwards before the upward summit push.
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Bonus summit point 13,117 AKA false summit with Sniktau Peak in background

We finally reached the top and had the summit to ourselves the entire time other than a swarm of bees and a few pika hiding in the rocks. We celebrated with a bag of Snickers.
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An offering to Mt. Sniktau, which we then ate.

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Family photo at the Summit

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I-70 Via Denver

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View of I-70 Eisenhower Tunnels and Loveland Pass road on left

The hike down was very windy, and at the Wishbone, Bob decided to run over to Cupid Peak, and while I would have done it myself, I continued down with our son who seemed to be satisfied with his hike up Snikatu.
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Self-Portrait of Bob on top of Mt. Cupid 13,117 ft.

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Back at the parking lot and ready for a break!



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  • Comments or Questions (2)
huffy13


Great beta for me!!     2011-09-07 17:17:26
I am planning on bagging Sniktau and Cupid along with Grizzly Peak D at the end of the month. Your report really lets me know what to expect.


greenhorn1


Thanks Huffy13     2011-09-08 02:52:03
I think you will enjoy the hike if you do make it - we look forward to seeing your TR



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