Ouray, Colorado

Mt. Sneffels - A 14er Near Ouray (Hike On August 20, 2007)

Mt. Sneffels Hike
Jay Wilson and I hiked to the summit of Mt. Sneffels, which I think is the closest 14er to Ouray. We camped inside the canyon leading to Yankee Boy Basin at the Atlas Mill Campground, and we began our hike at the trailhead at approximately 6:15 a.m. The common route to Mt. Sneffels begins uphill in earnest via this rock-filled gully.
Jay Wilson
At one point as we continued up the gully, I turned back to capture Jay. The large peak out there is Gilpin Peak.
Mt. Sneffels
To reach the summit, we continued up another gully that was much more narrow. It felt like I was on another planet with all the stunning mountain views and unusual rock formations.
Mt. Sneffels Summit
Jay climbs the final few steps to reach the summit.
Mt. Sneffels Summit
That's me at the summit. The views atop Mt. Sneffels were so amazing! I kept giggling in awe and saying to myself, "The views up here are ridiculous!" ;)
Yankee Boy Basin
Looking back down toward Yankee Boy Basin.
Yankee Boy Basin
A beautiful photo that shows the ruggedness of these San Juan Mountains.
Sneffels Range
From the summit, this is the view of the Sneffels range to the east.
Mt. Sneffels Trailhead
We arrived back at the trailhead at approximately Noon. Look at how beautiful and clear the sky was!
Potosi Peak
As we returned back to camp, I put my digital camera outside the driver side window and snapped this shot of Potosi Peak. It was a very beautiful day!

Photos and comments provided by Steve Garufi. His home page is www.ColoradoGuy.com and Twitter page: @SteveGarufi.

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