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Southwest Ridge of Mount Sneffels

Extremely Difficult

Trail

0.5 mile 0.7 kilometer point to point
Extremely Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,012' 309 m
Descent: -6' -2 m
High: 14,061' 4,286 m
Low: 13,049' 3,977 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 41% (23°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)

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Trail shared by Almonzo Wilder

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

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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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Jul 31, 2017
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High exposure and easy climbing high on Sneffels' Southwest Ridge.
Aug 2, 2017 near Telluride, CO
Heading down the standard route. Should have brought our ice axes!
Jul 5, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Mt. Sneffels summit, taken May 20, 2018
Jun 2, 2018 near Telluride, CO
Don't look down!
Jul 5, 2016 near Telluride, CO
Moody mountain top views.
Jul 5, 2016 near Telluride, CO
The "Kissing Camels." This rock formation marks the end of gully jumping before attaining ridge proper.
Apr 13, 2015 near Telluride, CO

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