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blue Mt. Sniktau Trail

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1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,326' 404 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 13,216' 4,028 m
Low: 12,002' 3,658 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 68% (34°)

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A well-used trail in both the summer and winter months.

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Description

Due to the ease of access, the Mt. Sniktau Trail is a popular route no matter the weather. The proximity to Loveland Pass makes this an ideal spot for backcountry skiers and snowboarders in the winter months, and the large parking area and position along the Continental Divide make it a good choice in the summer.

The trail itself begins just east of the large parking lot. Don't expect too much a warm up, as you'll be starting your trip at an elevation over 11,000 ft, and the trail begins by climbing steeply. Luckily, the trail is well defined and fairly broad, so route finding skills won't be an absolute necessity here.

Enjoy the views as your hike, as you'll be looking out over some spectacular scenery! Without trees to block your view, visitors are able to take in miles of the front range. Famous peaks such as Grays and Torreys are visible, as are the ski areas of Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone. While you're on the ridge, you'll be fairly exposed, so it's a good idea to come prepared with the proper warm layers.

Due to high elevation, this trail may have snow, even late into the summer. High elevation and lack of tree cover make this a dangerous place to be in a thunderstorm, so make sure that you plan your outing early enough that you can reach the peak and return to your car before the afternoon storms roll in.

Flora & Fauna

Delicate alpine ground cover can be seen from the trail, and you might get a glimpse of a marmot or pika.

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Mar 20, 2019
Mary Katherine Henley
2h 54m
Feb 25, 2019
Mikhaela Mullins
Micro spikes and poles were great to have on this cold windy day. 3.6mi
Feb 2, 2019
Stephen Pack
3.6mi
Jan 13, 2019
Gregory Baumgartner
Oct 27, 2018
R Lee
Sep 29, 2018
Brooks Tellekamp
3mi
Aug 26, 2018
Michael Berube
Aug 24, 2018
David Lucas
Beautiful views. High altitude makes it a challenge breathing on the steep incline, but so worth it.

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  4.6 from 17 votes

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#140

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