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Mt. Sniktau Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.7 (35)

A well-used trail in both the summer and winter months.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

64%

Runnable

13,216' 4,028 m

High

12,002' 3,658 m

Low

1,326' 404 m

Up

111' 34 m

Down

15%

Avg Grade (9°)

68%

Max Grade (34°)

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Runner Notes

High in elevation, but mostly clear of major obstacles, this is a great training route if you can beat both crowds and storms.

Description

Due to the ease of access, the Mt. Sniktau Trail is a popular route no matter the weather. The proximity to Loveland Pass makes this an ideal spot for backcountry skiers and snowboarders in the winter months, and the large parking area and position along the Continental Divide make it a good choice in the summer.

The trail itself begins just east of the large parking lot. Don't expect too much a warm up, as you'll be starting your trip at an elevation over 11,000 ft, and the trail begins by climbing steeply. Luckily, the trail is well defined and fairly broad, so route finding skills won't be an absolute necessity here.

Enjoy the views as your run, as you'll be looking out over some spectacular scenery! Without trees to block your view, visitors are able to take in miles of the front range. Famous peaks such as Grays and Torreys are visible, as are the ski areas of Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Keystone. While you're on the ridge, you'll be fairly exposed, so it's a good idea to come prepared with the proper warm layers.

Due to high elevation, this trail may have snow, even late into the summer. High elevation and lack of tree cover make this a dangerous place to be in a thunderstorm, so make sure that you plan your outing early enough that you can reach the peak and return to your car before the afternoon storms roll in.

Flora & Fauna

Delicate alpine ground cover can be seen from the trail, and you might get a glimpse of a marmot or pika.

Contacts

Shared By:

Mikhaila Redovian

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  4.7 from 35 votes

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Photos

View from the summit of Mt Sniktau looking out at Grays and Torreys.
Feb 3, 2019 near Georgetown, CO
Loveland Pass. with permission from algill
Apr 29, 2016 near Keystone, CO
This view awaits on one of the saddles before the last climb to Mt. Sniktau.
Jun 5, 2017 near Georgetown, CO
snow and ice on trail - Mt. Sniktau
Dec 4, 2018 near Georgetown, CO
By this point, this snowfield is all that's between you and the false summit/windbreak shelters.
Jun 5, 2017 near Keystone, CO
Sunrise walking up the first "bump" on the ridge
Apr 16, 2016 near Keystone, CO

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Jul 22, 2020
Alec Butler
3.6mi — 1h 15m
May 18, 2020
Emma H-p
1 mile added for parking in different lot. False summit and a couple boulder fields. Easy to navigate. Winds 20mph at the worst. Amazing views. 3.6mi — 2h 47m
Jul 14, 2017
Aaron Knox
Sep 3, 2016
Akshay Raj Dhamija
9h 46m