Snowmass Mountain Trip Report (#7167)
- Signed By: Mike Haines
- Date submitted: August 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 road is a real white knuckler. Hopefully Budget wont notice anything unusual underneath, clearance was a little touchy. Met two guys from Denver on the way up that didn't get the summit. They were trying some sort of S path up the west side out of a book that didn't work out. Camped at Lake Geneva which is totally awesome and caught and ate some trout. United destroyed all fly floats so used some pine cones which worked out. Headed out of camp the next morning at 7:30 am and made it to the base around 8:30 am. Went straight up the middle looking for cairns wherever possible. The trail is a little hard to find but cairns show up every now and then which I guess was reassuring if nothing else. Had only climbed Harvard and Princeton previously. Snowmass is definitely in a different class. It was all climbing and lots of loose rock. Much of it is great big loose rock. There was nobody else on the Mountain that day but a helmet would be a great idea if there were. It is easy to send a rock down about a mile. Traversing the ridge at the top to the summit from North to South was hair raising and the previous class 5 analogy at the top is pretty accurate. Hit the summit at 11:20 am. Called a few friends and family at the top for kicks then headed down. Going down took about 2 hours as it is all climbing. Not sure what class Snowmass is rated but it was a hard one. Definitely an awesome trip, great views and Lake Geneva is a super campsite. Saw 9 people in 2 days and 0 on Snowmass.