Route: South Ridge via Blue Lakes
Posted On: 2021-07-25, By: supranihilest
Info: From Blue Lakes trailhead the trail is easy to follow to Blue Lakes. It's a hair over 3 miles from trailhead to lakes. We departed the lakes heading southwest and went up a steep, forested slope crossing to the south side of a steam that otherwise would have presented cliff and waterfall issues. Forest eventually gave way to grass (plentiful wildflowers right now) and then to the horrible Sneffels Range talus the area is known for. "S 3" is merely the bump in the middle of the ridge between "T 0" and "S 5". Such wonderful names these peaks have. "S 3" didn't look to be very approachable from either the north or the east, so we went to its saddle with "T 0" and climbed straight up exceptionally steep scree, dirt, and talus to the ridge. This was truly a two steps forward, one step back affair. The rock on the ridge wasn't much better and shifted around a lot, and a rugged, rotten gendarme blocked easy access to the upper ridge. The gendarme went at a sketchy, exposed Class 3 on highly suspect rock but it was only a few moves directly on top, otherwise it was stacked Class 2+ dinner plates and jagged shards to climb on. Once past the gendarme it was a Class 2 walk to the summit. We reversed our route down and scree skied back to the basin on our way to "S 5".