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Mt Sneffels

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14150 feet The roundtrip hike of this 14'er takes less than 4hrs if you're in shape. Although there are a variety of trails the most popular and easiest one is accesed from Yankee Boy Basin. This route is easy 4th class scrambling with one 5th class move. As with any 14'er it's best to summit early rather than late as rain, snow and lightning move in quick during the summer months obscurring your view and increasing the danger. Best to be off this one by 11:00am if you're climbing in July or August.
Nearest town or city: Ouray
Directions: Head South on Hwy 550 out of Ouray appx 1.5 mile. Turn right off of the hwy onto a poorly paved road. Follow the road as it turns to dirt and crosses the bridge. Stop after the bridge, get out of the car and walk over the bridge and check out the canyon that is home to Ouray Ice Park, cool, eh? Get back in the car and head up the dirt road about 6-7 miles. Stay to the main road as you pass through Yankee Boy Basin. You will pass the restrooms and the incredibly photogenic twin falls almost always accompanied by beautiful wildflowers. Stick to the main dirt road another mile or two as it heads up some steep and tight switchbacks, after about 5 or 6 you'll run into the trailhead. Follow the relatively flat trail 1/2 mile or so and then head right up the steep talus and scree. This is the hardest part of the climb and will eat up the most time. Once you reach the obvious saddle head left up the couloir over the large talus. There is usually snow in here year round so be careful. At the top of the couloir there is one 5th class move around a corner and from there you're home free.....enjoy the view!
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