Mt. Sniktau  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-25, By: KestrelWarrior
Info: Narrow ~3-6 in deep snow drifts for the initial .75mi made low-boot gaiters worthwhile. Spikes recommended but not necessary. Max gust at the Loveland Pass sensor (https://www.avalanche.state.co.us/observations/weather-stations/) was only ~25mph so wind was not an issue. Echoing previous reports - cornices abound, but it's easy to stay on the rocks. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-22, By: MaryinColorado
Info: The first 1000' up to the ridge has segments of a few inches' deep of fresh powder to navigate through, so recommend gaiters. Wind was the name of the game today, typical of this route, it seems. Tolerable wind up until ridge, then a lot of intolerable wind for the entire time on the ridge that kept temps in sub-zero range. No significant snow to navigate; however, the cornices are in! So make sure to navigate to the left of the cornices. Stay on the "dry stuff". On the final push to the summit, there is still some unconsolidated snow in areas, so just be mindful of that for potential ankle twisting between rocks. Wore microspikes the whole way just as added security as there are some slick spots where snow is hard/smooth from the wind and/or harboring a bit of ice underneath. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-01-02, By: mkirkland12
Info: Conditions much the same as the last post. Trail is very clear and flotation not needed. I went up without spikes, but they would've been helpful on the way down because the trail is packed snow and fairly slick in spots. We got lucky with absolutely no wind up there! 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-30, By: jbealer
Info: Still similar conditions as the last post, we did wear spiked the entire day, snow shoes are still not necessary but there are definitely some deep drifts (ankle to shin) to pass through. The wind was also fierce today but we did make it to the summit. Quick little snowflake, at least my 4th time up there it was worth a new checked box! Think i have all the seasons now. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-26, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Arrived to Loveland Pass at noon. Soft Wind was consistent until 12,800 where it started to become very gusty. Once on the ridge and as soon as you made a left towards Sniktau it was like a freight train and even with poles I had to be careful not to be blown away. I turned around halfway. Been there done that. I knew the front was moving in today and it is always very windy on the CD. Did not use traction but I had my microspikes ready just in case.Everything is mostly windblown or very tracked on the main trail up. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-09, By: quandary34
Info: The trail is clear of snow most of the way to the summit. Even though there are snow/ice patches along the route, I never needed to use my microspikes. Great conditions for hiking right now, but the weather looks like it'll be changing later this week with more snow in the forecast. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-07, By: Trotter
Info: About 50% snow, 50% dirt. All snow is well packed, and not too icy. Brought spikes, never put them on. Didn't need gaiters, could have been in trail runners. 
 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-22, By: 14er101
Info: 90%+ dry from Loveland Pass, conditions were great today! All snow was avoidable, some snow on the ridge. All snow was stable, walked along, and broke through only once or twice. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-22, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: 99% dry from Loveland Pass to the ridge. From the ridge to Mt.Sniktau some snow but avoidable or does not pose much difficulty. 
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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. 
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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. 

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