Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  tvaughn54
 Date of Info:  07/27/2020
 Date Posted:  07/27/2020

Ascended standard route and descended direct route. No snow gear needed for standard route but would be useful on direct route in some places but I found a route on rocks. Not really any glissade options. One important note, especially in the dark is that there are two trails on the south side of the lake. All of us made the same mistake taking the trail directly on the lake to start and getting wet feet. This trail is swampy. See picture for correct route at the camping area. If it rained the night before, put on rain gear as the willows will soak you. There is another trail that goes about 50 feet above the lake, not to be confused with the main trail that goes up the pass. Also, the point to cross over from the initial scree slope at around 11,900 is easy to miss. Look for the little cairns in the gully. If the scree slope is too steep, you went too far.

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 Comments or Questions

Trail around lake
07/27/2020 22:31
You have pictures of trail to take around lake?

Wild Bill
07/28/2020 08:39
Iâm confused about âtrail directly on the lakeâ. Is there a high vs low trail? Your pics didnât load.


07/28/2020 08:45
We camped there last weekend with no intention of doing Snowmass, but found ourselves on the lower trail that is right on the lake and it ends at a small area where the water comes down the hill... didnt ever locate the trail that this report refers to. We also made the mistake of taking the trail to Trail Rider Pass thinking it was going to the scree field.

Wild Bill
07/28/2020 09:04
Okay, thank you for the help.

07/28/2020 22:18
Ok, I got the picts loaded. This should make sense when you see them.

Trail Around Lake
09/02/2020 12:17
We went a couple hundred yards up the trail to the pass before realizing our mistake. We doubled-back, then took the trail right along the lake edge. About halfway around the lake, there is a fork in the trail. Take the left fork to avoid the swamp at the far end of the lake.

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