Date Hiked: 09-19-16
Mileage: 8.2 mi; 5.5 hr
Head Count (how many other hikers I saw):5-8 groups
Seeing as my brother was the one to get me into hiking 14ers, it’s only fair that I bring him up my favorite mountain on his first visit to the Western Slope. Back to Mt Sneffels, here’s another look at the standard route:
(From Ouray): At the first switchback south of Ouray, turn onto Camp Bird Road. After 4.7 miles, keep right to turn onto CR-26. 1.3 miles up the road, there is parking for low-clearance 2WD vehicles at Walker Mine. With 4WD, keep right and continue onto Yankee Boy Basin Road. The lower 4WD trailhead is .8 miles up the road, and the upper 4WD trailhead for high clearance SUVs is 1.7 miles beyond this.
7.7 miles to the lower 4WD trailhead; 33 min