Mt. Sniktau  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-22, By: bbs34
Info: No snow on trail. Good sunny day. Note the first section is steep so take it slow and easy on the way down. Not much for footing their. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-20, By: Alan Simons
Info: Still a good bit of snow on the trail up, but well packed. Microspikes weren't necessary. High winds once you reach the main ridge. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: 7Below
Info: Loveland pass had about 5 total cars when I started at 4:30AM. Lots of fresh snow but snowshoes were unnecessary. Microspikes very helpful. Minimal wind. Nobody had ascended yet since snowstorm. Overall pretty easy going. Was a little sketchy for a dog as the fresh snow/ice on the rocks made for high injury risk. Posthole to knee if leaving trail or windblown areas. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-20, By: vmunson
Info: from the moment you get out of the car the wind is brutal. the ripping wind continues until you get to the first false summit, at which point it weirdly stopped and was warm and sunny and still the rest of the hike up. There were about 3 small spots where you had to cross snow, however they were packed down from other hikers and no traction was needed. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-15, By: Trotter
Info: Can now park at loveland pass again. Route to both Sniktau and Cupid in great condition, no winter gear needed. Did it in trail runners. Several snow patches to cross, but very well trenched. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-15, By: Giro47
Info: From the Loveland Pass trailhead. Path was clear, very few spots of snow which were easy to pass, no ice conditions. Beautiful snowcaps surrounding. Peak had a few inches of snow remaining, but easy to walk on. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-09, By: mtree
Info: Trail from top of pass was mostly bare with some snowpack to the ridge. Once on the ridge the trail to summit was mixed exposed trail and snowpack. Any icy patches are easily avoidable by staying on rocks. No special equipment needed. The usual wind, but not uncomfortable. Made it out to Cupid as well. Not another soul the ENTIRE hike! 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-01, By: bluegrassclimber
Info: Mostly wind blown, mix of exposed ground and pack. Spikes will do you just fine. Significant cornices along the East aspects, you'd have to seek them out for it to be an issue. Windy AF, but that's Loveland pass for ya. 
5 2
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-21, By: Scott P
Info: Floatation not needed as the snow is either hard or has blown off the ridge. Microspikes are helpful, but since much of the trail is bare, I didn't bother putting them on. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-19, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Hike from Loveland Pass up to the ridge, pretty windblown with occasional drifts. I used microspikes. From ridge to Sniktau, trail is also windblown and microspikes were enough. Cornices are getting pretty big but by sticking to ridge proper no problem. I had the summit and the trail to myself. Unusual.  
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-01-06, By: SherpaSara
Info: Wore microspikes the whole way; could've probably gotten away with it without them, but it was nice to have the traction in the blowing snow and intermittent whiteout conditions. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-21, By: De_Fraz
Info: Similar to the Cupid report. You can leave the flotation at home. We did a sunrise hike up to Sniktau. I wore spikes. They were useful for a couple sections of the climb to the ridge and a couple sections on the approach to the summit. Otherwise, the trail is pretty clear and in good shape. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-07, By: bluegrassclimber
Info: Turned around at 12,900 due to stronger than forecast wind. Conditions same as last report. 
5 1
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-12-06, By: colospgs
Info: No real postholing going on, the worst was just past my ankle. Leave them snowshoes at home. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-29, By: WildWanderer
Info: Last report still valid. Not a lot of snow. Wore spikes, snowshoes were overkill. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-28, By: jonwfr
Info: I had a super awesome summit day with this guy. I will have to try Cupid and Grizzly next time when it isn't so windy. The trail was still good. Still a lot of snow up on the peaks. Make sure to stay close to the rocks as you will probably fall through a lot of the snow which will make it slow going. It was very obvious where you were supposed to go next; there are no signs or anything like that other than cairns and they are few and far between. It isn't a hard route to read from a map. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-11-23, By: ilikereds
Info: Trail conditions still pretty good. No issues getting to TH in any vehicle.. There are some deep pockets of snow and I brought flotation, but wasnt really needed (could have used them in a few spots but not worth the effort for the small patches that was 12-18 inches deep). Traction was very helpful coming down as it was slick in quite a few spots but you could get away with it if you dont want the added weight. Beautiful day with very few people on the trail (I didnt see anyone else actually summit Sniktau). 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-30, By: kingshimmers
Info: Dry trail. Storm clouds leftover from overnight evaporated by around 11am into a bluebird day. Wildflowers are fantastic right now! 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-27, By: Thevirtualsherpa
Info: Trail is dry as a bone - nothing needed but something to put on your feet. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-06-09, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: No traction needed. There is some snow, but it is pretty packed down and where it isn't the main trail is visible. 

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