Greg and I return to Southwest Colorado for another 14er weekend, with Mount Sneffels first on the list.
Rising to 14,155 feet just north of Telluride, it’s way down the 14er list at #27, but it’s supposed to be a relatively short climb with not too much elevation gain.
Except when some idiot brings his mommy’s Subaru Outback up a road clearly labeled for high-clearance 4WD, decides to turn it around, bottoms out, rips the bumper apart, and destroys the undercarriage – completely blocking the Forest Service road.
Happiness is a Lull In the Rain
Starting from Twin Falls below the stranded car turns this into a 5.85 mile 3,343 foot hike and climb, so much for our nice easy start.
The climb itself is pretty fun though, a loose steep gully followed by a V-Notch that you have to climb up and over, then scramble to the summit.
We hit the clouds the minute we started climbing, and quickly were swallowed up in the mist.
The V-Notch was nowhere near as spicy as the internet reports made it out to be, but it was an still enjoyable climb up.
Greg In The V-Notch
The minute we stepped foot on top the clouds opened up and we had views all around. Nice!
Sneffels Summit Break
Sneffels Summit Sign
Off The Edge
It was short lived though, and we ended up in hail and rain on our hike out from the bottom to the Jeep.
What Goes Up
Down the Notch
Looking Back Up
Pizza and beer in Ouray, then we head up and over over Engineer Pass on the Alpine Loop to the base of Wetterhorn Peak for tomorrow’s climb.