Mt Sniktau Route Guide

Not everyone feels like summiting a 14er to start. Not everyone is able to physically. Mt Sniktau, with just 1,800 feet of gain and a 3.7 mile length, provides a much easier summit opportunity close to Denver! Just off I-70, a start from Loveland Pass leaves you high above tree-line, with stunning views as you hike up the Southwest Ridge to the summit. Make sure you take the time to research and plan ahead – even easy peaks can turn deadly in the wrong situation. Get started with this Mt Sniktau Route Guide.

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Mt Sniktau Route Guide Fast Facts

Mt Sniktau Standard Route Guide - Southwest Ridge

You’ll start your hike from the Loveland Pass parking area, which requires driving up a series of steep switchbacks. Get there early if going on the weekend or you will not get a spot. From the lot, head up the well-worn trail heading east towards Mt Sniktau. You’ll first aim for a point at 12,915 a mile ahead of you.

After hitting the point, take a left (north) to continue up the southwest ridge. Do not follow hikers going right (south) as they’re probably climbing a more difficult peak, Grizzly or Torreys Peak. Head towards another bump which is a false summit – at 13,152 feet. 

Hike through a short rocky section to reach the false summit. You can now see the remaining route to reach the true peak’s summit. Keep hiking and drop about 250 feet to reach the saddle before you ascend for another quarter mile to reach the summit.

Once you reach the summit, enjoy your accomplishment! A good sandwich and summit beer goes a long way at 13,000 feet. Ensure you head back with plenty of time to reach your car before summer afternoon thunderstorms arrive and you become a target. I hope you found my Mt Sniktau Route Guide informative and helpful!

Hiking & climbing 13ers or 14ers is an inherently high-risk activity – do so at your own risk, and use the following best practices to help keep yourself safe.

  1. Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map.
  2. Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.
  3. Bring the Ten Essentials and the knowledge/skill to use them.
  4. Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary.
  5. Start early, and end early: Be back at tree line by noon to avoid lightning.
  6. Bring a buddy on your first ascent, preferably someone experienced.