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Mt. Sniktau Trail



1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point


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


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


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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

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

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


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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Aug 13, 2019
David Mata
2h 15m
Jul 23, 2019
Elliot Alexander
A great, accessible 13er with amazing 360 views! 3.6mi
Jul 15, 2019
Bennett Hall
Beautiful and clear morning. I pushed myself to go beyond to another nearby peak because the trail beckoned!
Jun 14, 2019
Bryan Thompson
Great hike for my first in the Rockies 4.5mi
Jun 14, 2019
Greg Linster
Jun 8, 2019
Clancey Potter
Beautiful! Still a little bit of snow in places but the trail was mostly dry. Steep but not brutal. 3.6mi — 2h 30m
May 31, 2019
John Moody
Walking on packed snow most of the way. Poles or spikes unnecessary 1.8mi
May 16, 2019
Steven McPhail
Great trail. Amazing views. 3.6mi — 4h 15m

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