Beth has a good group of us together to do Mount Sneffels this weekend so we should still be doing the hike in her memory, er... honor, well.. no one gets the day off...we still have to do it!!!
About the hike: While this is the easiest route on Sneffels one must be in condition to do the long scree slope to the saddle and the boulder scramble in the Lavender Col (couloir) close to the peak. The scramble up the Col is covered with talus and dirt, too loose to support a trail. It is an ideal route for those who have climbed several of the easy peaks and wants a taste of what a harder peak looks like. While the route is a modest 7 miles, the majority of the 3,450 elevation is earned in the last third of the route and the word 'stairmaster' will cross your mind every couple of steps here. No guests without leaders pre-approval.
My requirements for accommodations was to find a place that would take reservations so we would have a reserved place to stay, we would be together and have some restroom facilities. Best option was to car camp weekend at the Ridgeway State Park arriving Friday evening.
Early Saturday morning (7 am) drive to Yankee Boy Basin, parking at the vault restroom parking area trailhead. Higher clearance 4 wheel drive, like a SUV required and we will car pool in. Please indicate in your registration if you can drive into the basin with others. Return to car camp Ridgeway State Park Saturday evening, hot coin op (?) showers available. On Sunday morning (not 7 am) there will be an bonus 4.5 hour hike, moderate class to the Weehawken Alpine Mine above and just west of Ouray.
As all their tent sites too small I have reserved 2 65' long pull thru type camping spots next to each other, both have covered picnic table. Each site is limited to 2 cars so encourage group to car pool into the park. Camping space is $10 per hiker for both nights, as a State Park there is an entry fee per vehicle. I am throwing an air mattress into back of my SUV, tents could be set up either on pad or just off the pad.
Both Friday and Saturday nights will include a social hour before dinner. Bring your favorite beverage and snacks to share with group.
0 · June 27, 2013