We hiked our 9th 14er while on our camping trip out in Ouray. Mt. Sneffels is only about 30 minutes from the town of Ouray. The worst part of this hike was that there are 2 trailheads: an upper trailhead where it is only 1,700 feet of gain to the top and a lower trailhead with 2,700 feet of gain. Well, the upper trailhead only like specialty vehicles designed for serious off roading could make it there. The lower trailhead pretty much every SUV or truck could go to. Well… with a Honda Fit we couldn’t even make it to the lower trailhead. Our hike ended up being 3,200 feet of gain and 9.4 miles from where we had to park. Almost double the people of the upper trailhead…
Across the way the ski resort that you can see is Telluride.
The San Juan Mountains are our favorite mountain range in Colorado. So many pretty lakes and flowers, and the peaks are just so much more jagged looking.
Next time we go back maybe we will hike to the Blue Lakes that you can see below.
There was still some snow the last weekend of July.
Happy to have made it up my 9th 14er!
Mt Sneffels was definitely the most difficult 14er we have hiked so far. It doesn’t start off bad, but the last 1,500 feet of gain is super steep and nothing but loose rock. It is a constant struggle to get up it, and very difficult not to fall coming down.
There was also still some stretches where you had to hike on snow that was very slippery and a little scary.
View from part of the way down. Also at the top there were some big boulders and sections where you had to do some rock scrambling. Always difficult that close to the top when you are tired!
We saw more wild flowers on this hike than probably any hike we’ve ever done. Here is a collage of some of our favorite flowers that we saw.
Waterfall coming down the hillside.
Columbines, the Colorado state flower.
We almost forgot to take a selfie!
The most difficult and the prettiest 14er so far! Excited to see what we have to come with future 14ers.