Mount Sniktau from Loveland Pass
3.6 miles round trip
1,638ft of elevation gain
Hike time: 1hr 18min
With very little time to spare and primal desire to get up high, Mount Sniktau was a delight! It's a very short hike, with a very moderate elevation profile. Yet, you summit above 13,000ft. Not too shabby. I posted before about Cupid Peak to Grizzly Peak. This is what happens if you take a left when the trail splits at the top of that very large hill. So if you don't want a short hike, and you have plenty of time, you can easily do three 13ers right in a row.
This area does become busy as the day goes on, but by arriving at the trailhead by 6am, we had no problem at all in finding solitude. This hike is mostly on tundra, which means pikas and marmots! It's got a few rolling hills and one false summit. But all in all this is a super straightforward and easy hike with wonderful views from the summit. We actually brought Bivy along to this, because we knew it would be a "just for fun" kind of morning, and not pushing any type of limits. Before we knew it, we were on Sniktau's peak. There were a few others there who had summited for the sunrise and they let us in on a fact! Before we showed up, they were watching a mountain goat roam the talus covered slopes. I think that's plenty of incentive to summit this mountain earlier. The chance to see goats excites me immesnly.
If you take a pupper on hikes with you, do remember that most places require a leash. And that's not because your dog is untrained, it's because these trails are unpredictable. The people, other dogs and wildlife on them. It's for everyone's best interest. Bivy had the most fun trying spy on pikas as they teased him with squeaks from far away rocks. This is a place we will return to for some amazing views with easy trial.