Take a minute and study the lead photo of Mount Sneffels steepled southwest ridge—like a beautiful woman, so tempting, yet so intimidating.
There are several routes to climb Lovely Ouray's backyard 14'er, Mount Sneffels (14,150 feet, to be exact), and most of them require Crampons and and ice axe's this time of year. It may be summer and flowered where you are, but we've got a couple more weeks to go in Colorado's alpine country. Then, look out baby, "flowers in her hair, flowers everywhere."
With temps climbing into the 80's and Lovely Ouray all abuzz with ice cream licking tourists, Bobbie and I have been escaping to higher, quieter venues. For this day's hike we motored up to Yankee Boy Basin. It's well known for proliferous wildflowers, but since they aren't up yet it was still pretty quiet.
|No snow here!!!
It's greening up, water running in every crevice. Soothing sights and sounds for irritated souls.
Encountered more and more patches of snow…
Then BOOM, the upper basin was ours.
|The alternate Needle rout to Mount Sneffels...
Panorama below…. scroll →