Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  East Slopes
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  timewarp01
 Date of Info:  09/17/2020
 Date Posted:  09/17/2020

Plenty of parking at 5:30 AM at the Snowmass Maroon TH. No closures, permits, or passes required either. Trail from the east side is completely dry except for some mud before the lake and some avoidable snow patches under the summit block. Both routes to gain the ridge can be climbed without crossing the snow, but there is a good amount near the saddle if you continue past the summit to North Snowmass. I brought an ice axe and traction but didn't use either. Fall colors are coming in pretty nicely; made the 8 miles to Snowmass Lake a bit better. It was very hazy from the fires high up but not bad in the valleys.

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