The climb was a scramble (class 2 or 3? I'm not sure) that involved me being on all fours. I talked with people on the way up, and they told me to just follow the cairns along the path to the summit. I was so jazzed to be doing it, I ended up climbing some rock that felt pretty difficult to navigate at times, and probably was more difficult than it needed to be, had I picked my 'line' better.
The summit was great. 14,158 feet. I could see EVERYTHING. I met a guy named Ben at the top. We took pictures of each other, chatted a bit, enjoyed the views, and then descended together. Ben and his dad had just parked at the trailhead near Yankee Boy Basin, which involved a much shorter hike before the ascent.
Some more beautiful pictures below.
|Sneffels the night before|
|Dinner at trailhead. Free campsites galore.|
|Approach to Blue Lakes|
|Lower Blue Lake|
|'Bridge' to Blue Lakes Pass and the upper lakes.|
|Next lake. Took this while going across a talus field. It was not the trail, you can see the actual trail to the right of this photo. Whoops.|
|Trout, if you can see it. Stopped and watched them awhile.|
|Upper lake. The pass is to the left middle of this photo.|
|Top of the pass.|
|View from the pass.|
|After the pass, this is the initial climb to Sneffels. From here its straight up.|
|Top of the world.|
|Looking towards Ridgeway. The view was amazing. I felt closer to the clouds than to the ground...Probably cause I was?|
|Looking down from the top, you can see where the climb began at bottom right corner portion of this photo.|
|Looking down on the Blue Lakes.|
|Proof that it wasn't photoshop work. Feet on the summit.|
|This was the start of the climb up.|
|Descending with Ben.|
|Looking down from the pass.|
|Lower Blue Lake. There was no 'filter' applied to this. When the sun hits the lake, this is how it looks.|
|This may be my favorite photo. Captures the wildflowers and the lake and the mountains. The smell of lavender engrossed the area.|