Mt. Sniktau  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-02, By: mgl45
Info: All looks good. Still some snow on the slopes, making for pretty views, but no snow on the trail or on the summit. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-15, By: EMan
Info: Summer conditions. (I.e. No snow on trail). Slightly smoky air but not noticeable to me. Saw 36 people on the trail but less than a dozen heading to the summit. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-08, By: Boontawn
Info: Summer conditions. Was a bit windy today but sunny and relatively warm. A few short snow patches that you have to cross but they are compacted and slushy with a trail going through all of them. Sniktau had areas of snow on the summit. Much easier than doing it in the winter. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Two small snowfields after the 12900' turn between Sniktau and Cupid/Grizzly. Go through not around. Otherwise all snow is not on the trail. Typical wind after 12900'. Easy to follow trail in 95% summer conditions. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-15, By: dhagan
Info: No traction needed. Essentially summer conditions. 3 easy to manage small snow field/patches on the way to PT 12,915. 2 easy to manage small snow field/patches between PT 12,915 and Mt. Sniktau summit. Typical very windy day. 
Route: Cupid, Grizzly, Sniktau
Posted On: 2022-03-20, By: Laxer04
Info: Micros were helpful, but not needed to get all 3 summits. Floatation not needed 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-02-06, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Very quiet day today. Cold and a little windy but sunny. Temperatures were 10F at the top of the ridge and there was some wind that made it feel colder. I did not summit as I was just going to a little bit of a hike with elevation but I did see one hiker the whole time I was there headed in that direction and one other towards Cupid. Ridge is in good shape, there is some fresh snow, some wind blown snow and some icy patches. I used microspikes the whole time. I was ok. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-11, By: hanada
Info: Mostly dry. No traction needed. I also went over to cupid and same conditions there. It was a relatively calm day compared to how windy this area usually is. I submitted Sniktau for sunset and it was absolutely breathtaking. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-12-27, By: petal53run
Info: Arrival and up to Sniktau was on clear dirt trail. After summiting, high winds and blowing snow covered return route to Loveland Pass. Near whiteout conditions and careful navigating enabled us to return safely to vehicles. Snowplows active on US6. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-20, By: Mark Goldstein
Info: Southwest ridge up had small amount of snow. Used traction (e.g. microspikes). Very windy on the ridge to the summit. 22 degrees at Loveland parking space. Approx 10 degrees on summit. Partly cloudy days. Small precipitation on the way down. Some areas high on the ridge had 3-12 inches of soft snow. Fun day overall. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-07, By: crb443
Info: One flat snow crossing on the route, does not require traction. Started at 5:45 am, summited around 7:15 am. Had the summit to myself for about 20 minutes. Saw 2 folks taking engagement photos on my way up and 9 other hikers on the way down. Excellent hike to gauge your physical condition for climbing season and/ or see how your pup will handle class1 and mild class 2 climbing. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-06, By: HarkNeal
Info: Trailhead to Point 12915 is totally dry. Only a couple small snowfields between 12915 and the false summit. Traction not necessary. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-04, By: schumi248
Info: The only snow crossings are basically flat, no spikes or anything needed. Between the false summit and sniktau, the trail stays to the left of the snow cornice. I had spikes in my pack, only because I always carry them, as they do t weigh much or take up much room. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-25, By: mijoflynn
Info: Previous condition reports are accurate -- occasionally, there's an inch or two of crusty snow on the way up to Pt 12,915, but nothing requiring traction. The trail from 12,915 to Sniktau is right on the tundra/snow border, so once you're on the ridge you can pretty much avoid snow altogether until you hit the summit. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-23, By: Balancing1076
Info: 6:30 start. Main parking lot was already full. Our party headed with thoughts of tackling Sniktau and if the weather held checking Cupid off our list. Weather peaks was accurate. Snow and rain were reported for a 9 start. Our window was small. Crusty snow section on the first incline before the trail splits. Didn't need traction, just sturdy boots. There is a slick ice/mud section but doable and avoidable. The rest of the climb was fairly dry with obvious cornice on the right. relentless wind with gusts. Definitely bring a buff to save the face and ears. No shade, no water so plan accordingly. We hung out at the top and snapped shots on the way down.. total move time was 2.5 hours. The views were amazing 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-19, By: PikaSteve
Info: Mix of bare trail and thin snow. From point 13,152' to summit, you can take a snow free trail or continuous snow field. No traction necessary. I didn't use traction on the way up, but was glad to have spikes while hurrying down to Loveland Pass ahead of the weather. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-05-01, By: -wren-
Info: Made it up and back with no spikes. Many will prefer to have them but seemed a little unnecessary to me. Bare spots everywhere and as long as you hit it early there will be zero postholing. Cornice is still super big but easily avoidable. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-20, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Started hiking around 10am this morning.Temperature was 19F at top of Loveland Pass with winds in the 20mph range.New snow overnight called for 6 inches. It felt in some spots like 6 for sure. Made it up to the ridge in spikes and slowly made my way until I was on the bump 3/4 of the hike where I was not comfortable traversing.It was either going up a snofield by the cornice or maneuvering through soft,sugary snow covering rocks that would stick out like “flowers” then soft bottomless snow...and unsupportive. Stayed away from cornices but decided to turn around.Temperature reading was 12F and windy,but sunny!. I do not think snowshoes would have changed my decision and may have actually made it harder with the rocks and sinking. Coming back down on that snow, I slid several times. There was no one there.Two hikers went towards Cupid and that was it. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-04, By: Ted_Sward
Info: Surprised to find we needed neither spikes nor snowshoes up this route. It looked pretty dry from the road so we just decided to see how far we could get. There are some sections of snow, but nothing too steep. Poles were helpful both up and down. We took our time and lots of pictures and round trip took about three hours. It was sunny and about 55 degrees with almost no wind. The upper portion above the turn was heavily corniced, but it was easy to avoid by just sticking to hiker's left on the way up. This hike had 99% of the views of a 14er, but only 25% of the work! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-20, By: 14er101
Info: The trail is mostly hard-packed from Loveland Pass to the summit, a few sections of post-holing but nothing over knees. Cornices are a bit bigger than last time, so give them a very wide berth. Great day, albeit quite windy, although you could do it without traction it is very nice on occasions. Conditions are certainly going to change with the upcoming storm. 

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