Snowmass Mountain Trip Report (#7181)
- Signed By: Tom & Becky Bird
- Date submitted: October 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 storm). Not wanting to make the long hike to the lake again, we decided to approach from the south, out of Lead King Basin hiking past Geneva Lake. The 4WD road in (6mi.) is brutal. We went up the "S-ridge". Supposed to be class-3, but unavoidable Class-4 spots trying to get around or over spires on ridge. Helmets are very necessary...rocks were falling all day around us. Lots of time spent route-finding. A great and rewarding challenge with awesome views of Capitol, Pyrimid, and the Bells from the summit. We decended the west slopes...made slightly challenging by hard to navigate cliff bands near the bottom. This is the way to go to avoid the crowds but it requires a jump in skill and care.