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A fun and airy scramble leads to an iconic Colorado peak.


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0.5

Miles

0.7

KM

Point to Point

14,061' 4,286 m

High

13,049' 3,977 m

Low

1,012' 309 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

41%

Avg Grade (23°)

51%

Max Grade (27°)

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Mount Sneffels' Southwest Ridge is a well-worn Class 3 scramble that offers a superb alternative to the standard Lavender Col ascent. The route begins at Blue Lakes Pass, accessible from either Blue Lakes or Yankee Boy Basin, and follows the major ridgeline.

The climb initially skirts a number of rock pinnacles and follows a system of couloirs that parallel the ridge. There is some loose rock and hands-on climbing necessary, including a few moves where those without climbing experience may wish to rope up.

At a major notch in the ridgeline, the route drops into a gully that will typically contain snow well into July or longer.

After exiting the notch, the route follows solid rock with easy climbing up to the summit. The airy exposure and fun climbing on the upper part of the route makes for an exhilarating finish.

Descend the same way, or by using the Lavender Col route.

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Shared By:

Almonzo Wilder

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in Telluride

#649

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in Telluride

#118

in Colorado

#649

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Photos

View from the Mount Sneffels peak.
Sep 9, 2023 near Telluride, CO
View from the Mount Sneffels peak.
Sep 9, 2023 near Telluride, CO
View from the Mount Sneffels peak.
Sep 9, 2023 near Telluride, CO
High exposure and easy climbing high on Sneffels' Southwest Ridge.
Aug 2, 2017 near Telluride, CO
Mt. Sneffels summit, taken May 20, 2018
Jun 2, 2018 near Telluride, CO
Heading down the standard route. Should have brought our ice axes!
Jul 5, 2016 near Telluride, CO

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