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Snowdon Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 13,077'
Location: 37.7128, -107.6931 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Snowdon routes from Andrews Lake approach.


Snowdon is the Northern most peak in the West Needle Mountain group. From US Hwy 550, it is a serious looking peak that looks worse than it is. Due to its proximity to the highway, it can easily be done in a day. Watch the weather as the rock can be very slick when wet.

Getting There 

From Andrews Lake, take the Crater Lake Trail for a half mile until you top out at a meadow. Take a climber's trail through the meadow for about a mile until you reach treeline and the base of Snowdon.

Climbing Season

For the San Juans area.

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Snowdon Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Snowdon Peak:
Naked Lady Couloir        Trad, Alpine, 1000'   
West Buttress   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine, 800'   
Northeast Ridge   4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b     Trad, Alpine   
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Featured Route For Snowdon Peak
Rock Climbing Photo: The route up the West Buttress. You can bypass the...

West Buttress 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Snowdon Peak
The West Buttress is a great route that follows the prominent buttress directly under the summit of Snowdon. The rock is of decent quality for the San Juans, but there is still plenty of loose stuff. The route starts off as a scramble and steepens as you get higher. Most parties will want to rope a couple hundred feet from the summit or it is possible to bypass the 4th class sections climbing through the gully just to the right of the Buttress. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Snowdon summer - sweet meadow ....
Snowdon summer - sweet meadow ....
Rock Climbing Photo: Snowdon's summit plateau looking SW.
Snowdon's summit plateau looking SW.
Rock Climbing Photo: Molas Lake and Silverton below.
Molas Lake and Silverton below.
Rock Climbing Photo: Belaying them up....
Belaying them up....
Rock Climbing Photo: Snowdon.

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