|Start of hike at Loveland Pass|
Getting there: From Denver take I-70 west to exit 216 which is hwy 6. Continue on Hwy 6 up Loveland Pass for 4.4 miles to the top of Loveland Pass. Park in the lot and take the trail to the east (opposite side of the street as above sign). There is no bathroom on top of the pass, the closest is in Silver Plume several miles to the east.
|Steepest part of hike to un-named peak |
The Journey: As I drove west on I-70 to the hike, I pondered the differences between men and women and how they approach things like camping and hiking. I recently did a solo camping trip and heard plenty of "be careful" warnings from my family including father and husband. Would there be such concern if a guy was going camping alone? Our friend David backpacks solo, without a dog, and it doesn't seem to worry his wife much; he does this regularly during the summer months and I never hear Laura utter words of worry. Mt. Sniktau is ths tallest peak I have climbed alone, and there is a lot to be mindful of when hiking at high altitude; altitude sickness, wild animal encounters and the solo worry of falling and being in need of help with no-one around. Additionally, I am always concerned about having car troubles or getting stuck on a mountain road and needing to rely on strangers to help me out. However, I don't think these are reasons not to hike alone if you use caution and come prepared.
|Turn North and continue to Sniktau peak|
I had the pleasure to be the only person on the peak for the entire time I stayed on the peak and I really soaked in the sun and views on the top! There is a beautiful pond below that sparkled a turquoise color in the sun and with the green mountainside below contrasting with the bright blue sky, it was a great moment to capture the beauty of Colorado. It took me an hour an a half to reach the top and less than 45 minutes to descend back to my car.
|Me on the summit with great views!|
After living and hiking in Colorado for 7 years, the high elevation of the trail didn't bother me and I had no problem doing this hike alone. I look forward to hiking a few more 13ers alone this summer!
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