Snowmass Mountain

Elevation (feet): 14,092
Elevation (meters): 4,290
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Elk Range Area
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.1189
Longitude: -107.066
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1873
First successful climber(s): Hayden Survey
Nearest major airport: Aspen, Colorado
Convenient Center: Aspen, Colorado

Snowmass is a prominent, isolated peak that rises to the west of beautiful Snowmass Lake. Its eastern flank holds an immense snowfield, which descends to a snow-filled basin above the lake. The striking beauty of this peak is accentuated by its remoteness. Snowmass Lake, where base camp is typically established, is an 8.5 mile trek, the longest approach for any of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 28 trip reports for Snowmass Mountain.

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  • Log #21384 - by Michael & Ashley Boone on Aug 15, 2008
    We camped at Snowmass Lake and began the summit climb at 5:30am. The majority of the hike is over loose rocks and scree which makes it a long and difficult journey, very different from other 14ers we...
  • Log #20876 - by Patrick L. Lilly on July 13, 2007
    Climbed the west slopes route from Lead King Basin with daughter Trisha. There were wildflowers everywhere. Gorgeous morning, but the afternoon turned cloudy and rainy. We climbed the northernmost...
  • Log #20466 - by Erik Packard on Oct 31, 2006
    It must have been a low snow year, me and Lindsay Alvarez went up the snow field, but it was 99% pinkish rock. Once on the ridge it was a easy scramble, although time consuming to the summit. We...
  • Log #18875 - by Rex Tse on Aug 15, 2005
    Climbed with a few friends via the snowmass lake side. Nice weather and low wind. Talas was a bit concerning, I got my leg fell into gaps of rocks 2 times. The final approach to/decent from the...
  • Log #7162 - by Steve Castellano on May 16, 2004
    Posthumously submitted by brother Tom... After having summitted with a friend, and during a beautiful day, Steve fell to his death in a boulder field, on the descent. He is greatly loved and...
  • Log #7163 - by Jeff Cooper on Nov 26, 2003
    We climbed from Lead King Basin and Geneva Lake to the west face, which is a long, arduous climb of mostly Class 3 and some Class 4 at the end. Three hours both ways. Great mountain. A beautiful...
  • Log #7164 - by Chris Strauss on Oct 03, 2003
    One of the most scenic 14ers - reminds me of Switzerland. My first time in crampons. Very good experience.
  • Log #7165 - by Jack Cunningham on Sep 10, 2003
    Hiked in to Snowmass Lake over Buckskin Pass from the Maroon Bells Parking Lot (8 hours). Camped at Snowmass Lake. Took the standard route up the boulder field from the lake, over the snowfield. Kind...
  • Log #7166 - by Kara Diamond- Husmann on Sep 05, 2003
    Two years ago my husband and I attempted this peak from Snowmass lake. Our mistake was that we hiked in set up camp and then set out to conquer the mountain. we got stuck in rain and had to turn...
  • Log #7167 - by Mike Haines on Aug 26, 2003
    Came in from Frisco to Marble sols and headed to the lake Geneva trail head via Lead King Basin 4WD road in a rented Mercury Mountaineer. Definitely got my money's worth out of the Mountaineer as the...
  • Log #7168 - by Michelle / Ohiofreebird on Aug 26, 2003
    We packed in and camped by Geneva Lake, fished the lake and dined on trout for lunch one day. We climbed Snowmass's west side the next day, had a beautiful day for climbing, plenty of sun and only a...
  • Log #7169 - by Bill on Aug 14, 2003
    Did the standard east slope - it was devoid of any snow. The climb up from Snowmass Lake is a long, uneventful rock slog. The summit ridge has a few easy class 3 sections - my dog had no problems...
  • Log #7170 - by Jeremy Bloedon on July 10, 2003
    My first 14er, hiked solo, and I'm still alive!! I took the Lead King Basin approach-I recommend high clearance (better than I had on my Subaru) for both roads FR314 and FR315. Scrambled up the SW...
  • Log #7172 - by Eddie "The Yeti" Mize on July 09, 2003
    Snowmass Mountain September 6th, 2002 54th Colorado 14er for Eddie Mize 4 days short of 9 years of climbing 14ers Climbers ================== Marty "Praise Rock" Lake Rick "been climbing...
  • Log #7173 - by Alan Deger on May 28, 2002
    After receiving 2-3 inches of snow high on the peak and where the standard route moves from the ridge to ascend the "backside" of the peak for the last 250' or so, it was difficult to move...
  • Log #7174 - by Don Taylor on Apr 03, 2002
    Came home to Tulsa on leave from the Navy just in time to go with church friends to hike Snowmass. Met a nice young lady who thought I was a geek. Over the course of the trip I learned: she was from...
  • Log #7175 - by Jason Halladay on Oct 25, 2001
    After climbing Capitol the day before we hiked a little slower on this hike. We approached from Lead King Basin to do the west face of Snowmass. Lead King Basin 4WD road is awful and deserves the...
  • Log #7176 - by Jesse Pisel on Sep 10, 2001
    Lots of snow ice axes up glisade down. went up snow field across to the ridge climbed the ridge to the top following a trail marked by some rock piles. pay attention for the rock piles they are easy...
  • Log #7177 - by B T Russell on July 25, 2001
    The hike in is one of the most beautiful in Colorado (and not extremely difficult). Snowmass lake is incredible. We started early in the morning and made it to the top around 9:30 or 10:00. There...
  • Log #7178 - by Steven Cross on Feb 12, 2001
    I loved the rock scrambling. It was an adventure. Hiked it on a 5 day backpacking trip hiking 12,000 foot passes every day of the trip except the day we hiked Snowmass.
  • Log #7179 - by Drew W Phillips on Jan 07, 2001
    First attempt at any of the peaks in the Maroon Bells/Snomass Wilderness. Buckskin pass made for an interesting lightning experience. Scattered thunder storms kept us on our toes, but without...
  • Log #7180 - by Matt Kirk on Jan 06, 2001
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at http://www.trailjournals.com. If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #7181 - by Tom & Becky Bird on Oct 18, 2000
    We did the "tour de Snowmass"! Earlier in the week we hiked to Snowmass lake and made an approach from the north but got stopped at 12,500 ft in the snowbowl by weather (early season snow...
  • Log #7182 - by Matt kirk on Oct 17, 2000
    First 14er, actually, first mt. above 6600 ft. This easterner loved Colorado despite monsoon season I plan to return next summer to climb Eolus group. Someday, I hope to summit all 55.
  • Log #7183 - by Miguel Gomez on Aug 21, 1999
    Long but pelasant approach to the lake. The climb up the mountain is very very long, and the climbing at the top is treacherous at best. The guide book called it class 4, but it is almost a class 5,...
  • Log #7184 - by Ken Whittenburg on July 30, 1999
    Really fun and slightly exposed summit climb. Snowfield was basically non-existent. Made for easier climbing to summit ridge but downside was no glissade down. Snowmass Trail is extremely long.
  • Log #7185 - by Kirk Mallory on July 28, 1999
    Backpacked in on Saturday, July 24th, to the Snowmass Lake area. Rained off and on for our approach, but cleared off by the time we got to camp. The Lake is beautiful. On Sunday, hiked around the...
  • Log #7186 - by Tadashi Anno on July 08, 1999
    From the Snowmass Creek Trailhead, did the round trip in one long day -- 13 hours and 49 minutes to be exact. The snowfield above the lake gets steep as you approach the summit ridge -- ice axe is...