Sniktau Mountain Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Loveland Pass, CO that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing.
Amazing views, arrived for sunrise in June. Got to the trailhead at about 4:15am and was able to make it to the top by 5:45am. Only one other couple up there, almost had the whole summit to myself, then saw just a couple groups heading up on the way down. I was back to Arvada by 8:30am. An amazing sunrise hike, not that much elevation gain, but with the high altitude, makes it a little hard. Saw a coyote on the way up in the dark. Made some sounds, didn't see it again.
Beautiful trail. roughly 3.5 miles out and back but still took us 1.5 hours to reach the summit (steep incline most of the way). don't get confused by the false summit (which also has incredible views). did this hike mid September and there was some snow on the ground, winds were intense!! I did not bring anything to cover my face and really regretted it. total round trip time 2.5 hours.
the rocky portion by the false summit was difficult to maneuver with snow in places.
Fairly decent High elevation hike, didn't make it all the way with a storm coming in from the SW, didn't want to risk it. Would do again in better weather, give yourself more time, we thought we had enough but the elevation definitely slowed us down, sucking air in a few spots, wish I lived out there, probably wouldn't have had such a problem
The trail is short, a little under 4 miles, and starts with a climb on a fairly steep pitch on loose gravelly soil. Once on the ridge the trail was easier. As mentioned in other reviews, plan on needing some layers and a windbreaker jacket.
The view at the summit was amazing. There view was literally 360°, any direction you turned was picture worthy.
Excellent hike. It's short, but quite steep. I would characterize it as a difficult trail, not moderate. It is closer to 4 miles total to the peak of Mt. Sniktau. Definitely come prepared with extra layers of clothing, including a windbreaker. Wear sturdy hiking boots because the trail is full of loose rocks and gravel. We went about half a mile up and then took a traverse trail to the ridge. The traverse was gorgeous, but narrow with steep drop offs. There is one really steep section on this trail. The views are worth all the climbing.
Very very very cool. The first mile is steep with loose rock and sand/gravel. Once you summit that section the trek to the left isn't as rough. Small Boulder patch to climb around but easy enough even for smaller dogs. Bring a wind breaker! Excellent views and totally worth the work out. You can see full 360 views of all of the surrounding ranges, from Mount of the Holy Cross, Loveland, Keystone, Breckenridge, and of course ABasin ski resorts, you can even see the front range!! Totally epic. Might even meet a mountain goat!
The trail starts on the side of the highway without the Loveland Pass sign! FYI. Also, this is definitely 2 miles to the summit then 2 miles back. 4 miles in and out, NOT 2.8
This trail is steep but short with a great view payoff. There were a lot of people on the trail when I went due to the easy trailhead accessibility.
A pretty difficult climb, but amazing views.
Pretty good uphill portion for the first half of the trail. No one seemed to continue on from the initial peak to the summit that is maybe 20 min past the first. Several times the trail disappeared in rock fields but manageable. Great views!
Beautiful hike, fantastic views and wildflowers in bloom everywhere. we showed just about 2 miles (4 miles RT) to the real summit, but a lot of people stopped beforehand at one of the false summits. Amazing panoramic views from top.
Beautiful hike. Love that it is easy to get to, yet not too many people make it past the first saddle due to the big elevation change from the parking lot. Peaceful. Little bit of snow today, but barely even on the trail.
Total roundtrip distance is actually 3.8 miles. Trail is in pretty good shape. Only a few small, avoidable snowfields between 12,900' and the summit of Sniktau. Most folks either bail before the connecting ridge or head right toward Cupid. Had the summit to ourselves for all but a few minutes today.
Mt Sniktau is actually the next peak over. Totally accessible from the trail shown but add .7 to the round trip. Very easy literally did it in flip flops.
Loved this hike. Dress warmer than you think you need to and go for it.
A fairly easy hike with plenty of snow still for late May. You're exposed the whole time so bring warmer clothes than you think you'll need. Great views of Torreys and Grays Peak. Being able to see the road takes away from this hike, but on the flip side makes it very accessible. You can see Breck and Keystone in the distance.
Nice hike off Loveland Pass. Very exposed on ridges. The wind was very strong, lifted my hiking pole almost to 90 degrees. Wear proper gear including hats and gloves. Several wind break stone walls on trail. Great view from top, good wildflower hike as well. Please stay on trail and be careful not to walk on fragile tundra.