Our campsite beside the Yankee Boy Basin road, at approx. 10,770 ft.
Cimarron is ready to go!
Early sunlight hits the peaks ahead.
Towering pinnacles of rock north of the road/trail.
Mt. Gilpin (13,694).
A waterfall near where we started. Photo by Trisha Conlon
The first decision point.The sign is actually readable in person.
Potosi Peak (13,786 ft.) looms over Yankee Boy Basin.
The road/trail continues on up the basin. At least now we're hiking in sunlight!
Looking down at snow-shrouded Sneffels Creek.
Stony Mtn. (12,698 ft.) on the south side of the basin.
We walked it,but a decent 4WD vehicle can get you to this point--about 12,4000 ft.
Another view of Gilpin Peak.
And another, from still higher up.
Stony Mtn. recedes in the distance...
Looking up (north) toward the summit of "Kismet" Peak (13,694), the unranked neighbor of Sneffels.
Our path leads to the right; the other trail goes over Blue Lakes Pass.
A 3-shot panorama of the ridge between Sneffels and Gilpin.
Here, the climb gets serious: Looking up toward Lavender Col.
Cimarron waits patiently for us as we labor up the talus and scree. Photo by Trisha Conlon
Another view of the climb to Lavender Col.
"Come on guys; what's taking you??"
Gilpin again. Looks like a challenging climb...
Looking up the SE coulior from about 13,500 ft. You can't quite see the top.
Looking down from the same location: crampons and ice axe!
The notch at the top of the couloir, which is the crux of the route.
My arms-length self-portrait at the summit.
Teakettle Mtn. (13,819 ft.) from the summit.
The register canister had a broken top.
Made it! #43!
41 for Trisha. Photo by anonymous climber.
Trisha had more sunlight on the summit than I did. Photo by anonymous climber.
"Kismet" from the summit.
The Blue Lakes (about 11,000 ft.), just west of Sneffels. Photo by Trisha Conlon.
Cimarron at the base of the notch, waiting for Trisha's return.
And there she is!
There's a pika here somewhere..
Trisha and Cimarron at the blank sign array near the trail register (left).
No surprise, wildflowers were abundant. Photo by Trisha Conlon.
The access road high above Sneffels Creek.
Trisha driving down under the overhang.
Recording it for posterity, a couple of days later.