Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Wild Bill
 Date of Info:  08/07/2020
 Date Posted:  08/09/2020
 Details

Did a day hike with this guy. It's a distance but can be done. The trail to the lake is excellent. There is a log jam bridge that gets you across the creek but it's plenty solid. Once at the lake you hang a left by crossing the creek and working your way through the maze of willows. Now you are on the far west side of the lake and ready for rocks. There is a trail but it is hard packed and very unstable. However you kinda have to use it. It's safe but rather frustrating. When you reach the high basin the trail disappears for the most part. I just picked my way towards a break in the knife edge south of the summit. Looks like about any break in the ridge will work. I actually picked a different route on my return. On the knife edge now I went ahead and dropped off the west side just a bit to grab the trail. Looks like people had been going about any direction. Sharp climb to the top and the view is amazing. The last portion of the climb is very similar to Capital. Wear a helmet if you got one.


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