Mt. Sneffels  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-10-19, By: HeavyHitter406
Info: The route is entirely snow-free. The weather was pleasant and wind-free the day we summitted, but the wind conditions have been pretty variable in the area. For ascending the first rocky slope, it is definitely recommended to stay to the left of the slope's center (which is quite washed out). Pick your own line for what is most comfortable -- we chose to stay on sections with the largest boulders in order to have the surest footing. Once in the upper gully, it's also a pick-your-line situation. However, I would recommend sticking along the left wall when descending the upper gully -- the presence of handholds on the wall makes the descent much quicker. On the large slope, you have the option of descending the way you came or moving to the left (looking down) side of the slope. We saw some people walking directly down the washed-out gravel section, which I'd only recommend if you have poles and a helmet. You can also follow the wall along the left side of the slope, which is out of the way but provides handholds. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-01, By: Marshall
Info: Up the Ridge and down the Slope. The road is rough as advertised. Everything is in fine condition without any snow. I took option 2 to get to Blue Lakes Pass, and it was straightforward. Staying closer to the ridgeline throughout the entire route provides a bit more solid footing. Do be careful of loose rocks, though. Walking directly on the final ridge to the summit is pretty special, and the summit views are fantastic. The “loose, ugly Class 2 slope' mentioned on the South Slopes route is just that. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-25, By: dssmith15
Info: Road: made it up to the middle 4WD trailhead in Tom Engelhardt s F350. Road after that was pretty sketchy but a tacoma and a jeep made it the whole way. Trail: really fun hike. Stayed to the left of the first gully which had better footing. Then moved to the right of the second gully to ascend with the wall right next to us. V notch was pretty awesome. Some exposure and a blind step coming back down. IMPORTANT: If you are using all trails the red marked trail they have actually doesn't follow the true route on the second gully. It pushes you up a narrow passage before the V notch. Couple of hikers prior to us went up that way, made it up fine but not sure how that route is. Follow the .coms route and hike pretty much to the top of the second gully to have access to the v notch. 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-24, By: climbskiyogi
Info: Gorgeous day! The route is still completely free of snow as noted by previous reports. Got an Outback to the lower 4wd lot. There were maybe one or two spots where I had to really pay attention to my line. Honestly, best part of the climb were the people. I don't think I'd ever met so many friendly hikers on a 14er. The beautiful fall colors made the drive here and hike even that much better. Go do this one - you won't regret it! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-21, By: hellmanm
Info: Summer conditions all the way up. Standard route descent also has summer conditions. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-18, By: Chris_Larson
Info: Completely snow free. After I had come back down the steep slope, someone knocked loose a massive rockslide. Hundreds of rocks. Lasted 30-45 seconds. I hope nobody was hurt! Watch your footing and don't hike directly below others. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-15, By: ladnerkm
Info: The trail and ridge is completely dry and free of snow now. No spikes needed. Shorts and t-shirt weather today 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: shsdawg58
Info: Spikes will help. A few normal class 3 moves might be class 4 due to snow/ice mix. Do not fear and go get this summit. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-08, By: tlgold1990
Info: When ascending the boulder field, better to stay to the left and not on the steep, loose "sand" looking part in the middle. If you are heading for the V notch you will keep climbing until you get to the ridge and then take a left (many people who wanted to go to the V notch made the mistake of taking the first gully). Once in the correct gully, it is easier to keep to the right and use the rock wall for added balance and support. Overall I though the notch was easy to ascend. Be careful descending the notch with your foot placement. I had someone spot me and tell me when my foot was good and in the correct place. Free from snow. Nice sunny day with no rain. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-23, By: Igethigh
Info: First 14er in the books! Man what a climb that was. It was a beautiful summer morning with no wind and actually got a little hot, but that didn't last. Smoke wasn't terrible- just a hazy aura. The rocks on climbers left going up to the saddle were pretty solid. V-notch was much easier than expected as well. Wish I could've spent more time at the peak but it began snowing and I didn't want to get caught up there in anything! Very cool experience for my first 14er peak though. I parked way down by the 2WD. My truck was being a little funny on the way up and I didn't want to risk it being by myself. The round trip ended up being 10 miles pretty much on the dot. Got back to the truck in 4hours and 5 mins. Epic day! I guess most my pics file sizes are too large so sorry for the lack of photos! I'll be better next time. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-24, By: SummitStormer
Info: SW Ridge should be the standard route up Sneffels. We heard some rockfalls on the slopes and were thankful we went up and down via the SW Ridge. NOTE: we adjusted the route before the SW Ridge: We departed the 4WD road about halfway between the lower and upper trailhead, just as the 4WD road turns back to the right. We followed Sneffels creek, circumnavigated a small glacial lake on a well established trail that continued up the slope before intersecting the SW Ridge route just below the Blue Lakes Saddle. The highlighted route is included. I highly suggest this route versus hiking up a 4WD road, much more pleasant! 
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Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-20, By: Hershel
Info: Started from the highest drivable 2wd point. The views are amazing almost from the start. Once past the upper TH, you almost immediately start the ascent up the first gully. It's not great, nor is it terrible. But if you're not comfortable with loose rock, then you might hate it. There are sections where the rock is pretty stable, mostly to the climbers left while ascending. You really need to take care in a few sections depending on your comfort level. Once on the ridge, we found the second gully much more enjoyable. The rock was stable in the middle at the start and then we found sticking to the wall on the climbers right was very very nice and stable. You can stick to this almost the entire ascent up the gully. When getting to the top, the last 100 vertical feet consists of the V-Notch and a few moves to get to the summit. Incredible! 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-08-11, By: sky_high
Info: Hiked from lower trailhead. Road is in good condition, cobbled but easily manageable. Some water, but nothing that will get your toes wet. Last usable water on the trail is not far from the lower trailhead, so pack up what you need to start. The scree above the upper trailhead is pretty slippery with some big (1-2') boulders coming loose today so mind your line and others. Once in the gully near the top things become more stable. I strongly recommend poles for stability all the way to the notch. The new layout of the notch has lots of exposure to the left. I recommend using the narrow right climb (~15' tall). It is tight but has lots of handholds, you can brace on the rock behind you, the rock is solid, and the consequences of a slip and fall would be relatively minor. 
 
Route: SW Ridge via Blue Lakes
Posted On: 2020-08-06, By: loomermj13
Info: Difficult but fun and absolutely gorgeous route. Some rockfall in the gullies, so be careful. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-18, By: wb-avl
Info: SW ridge and south slopes in great condition. Dry with zero snow. 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-09, By: 14er Fan
Info: The left side of the gully still has snow, but I stayed on the mostly snow-free right side and felt pretty comfortable (see picture). I recommend hiking poles for the col. They helped me, and almost everyone commented on how they wished they had some! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-10, By: pbarn
Info: Fantastic conditions on the SW Ridge. There are small areas of snow, but easily avoidable. Highly recommend the ridge route over the slopes, if you're comfortable with the climbing. Slopes just seem like plodding up and down scree... 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: TheDuke
Info: Ascended and descended the South slopes. The route is clear except for *now* about 20 feet of mixed snow and rock (as mentioned below). There are good foot holes and at 7am the snow was soft enough in places to kick into more. A few people turned around at this point. Others used micro spikes for additional confidence, although it's not necessary. There are enough good foot and hand holds to make it up and down safely. If you want extra confidence an axe or micro spikes could be used. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: jonibabaa
Info: Ascent route was almost entirely dry with the exception of some snow in the gully that you drop down to after passing through the small notch. A few parties chose to climb the steeper rock to the left, but if you drop down a bit further it is pretty easy and faster going to avoid the snow on the left side of the gully. Spikes could be helpful for confidence, as you do step foot on a couple of well-carved out snow steps, though not necessary - it is mostly class 2 rock. Descended standard route, which is still slippery though manageable to the left in the Lavender couloir (see previous reports). 
 
Route: South Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-29, By: ZacharyD
Info: Straightforward climb until the gully. There is still a large patch of snow in the gully. I didn't have spikes, but wish I did. The only tracks present run along the right rock wall. It's very slow going coming down this section with only room for 1 at a time unless you have good skills with an axe and can come down the center of the snow (though, no one did). I didn't see any way to climb the left wall to avoid the snow without increasing the exposure and class. 

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