Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  austinpavlas
 Date of Info:  07/11/2020
 Date Posted:  07/13/2020

East Slopes Direct route. Will add photos later.

Climbed on 7/11 with a 4:15 am start from the lake. The bush whacking along the later edge is no joke and it is very easy to get off the "trail" along this section. I would recommend sticking right along the lake edge until the end of the lake. There is a minimal foot trail in sections here and as long as you have waterproof shoes, it is the easiest way through.

The snow line starts around 13,000 ft, but is melting fast. The snow is heavily sun cupped the entire way. Though it was a hot day, the snow was rock hard until about 8:00 am. By my 8:30 am descent it was very soft for the first couple of inches. I used crampons and an ice axe for the entire snow ascent and personally would not have felt comfortable without them. I would guess within another couple of weeks the direct route will not be climbable on snow, so get it while its good.

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