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Sniktau Mountain Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Dillon, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 1,587 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Rock climbing Snowshoeing Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Snow No shade
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Andrew Ryan
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It was harder than I thought it would be for the first mile but it was worth it! Great views from the very top and not very many people.

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Sean Kleinfield
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Nice accessible hike right off the highway at the Loveland pass. Make sure you go to the east side of the road as a separate trail leaves from the west side. A challenging climb for the first mile gives way to a nice stroll along a ridge line, and after a false summit, it’s one more bit of a climb to the top of Sniktau for the fantastic 360 views. Overall great bang for your buck with terrific views and a nice workout in a little over 2 hours.

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Ray Schmidt
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Bruce Gittleman
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John Scarborough
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If you want to get a sense of what a 14er feels like, but are short on time, this is a great hike! The hike starts out vertical and gets the heart pumping right out of the gate, there's no easing into this one. But once you get to the first false summit and start heading left towards Sniktau, it really gives the 14er experience. We were up & down in 3 hours.

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Sara Frisk
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Great hike! Arrived 9am - parking lot almost full but it is also stop of zone for photo ops at Loveland Pass. Steep incline up, make sure you stop along the way to catch your breath, take water, hiking poles (will be helpful on the way down) and appropriate clothing as it can get windy and a little cold. Amazing views 360 all the way around! Worth the hike and so exhilarating to get to the top!

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Susie Piggott
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Great trail with views (a bit hazy today but better than Denver) in all directions. 1st mile probably the steepest. I was tempted to do the other arm with Cupid and Grizzly but instead went exploring across the street on well marked trails not visible on All Trails. Excited to come back to explore more in the future

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Patty Wright
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Beautiful views. Very windy today which made it cold. Only got to the first peak which was half of trail length. Dog loved it.

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Jean Yoon
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It was a great trail for my dog! View of Loveland Pass was really nice on the way up/down

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Lenny Cervantes
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble
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Ben Hirsch
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Amazing! Kicked our asses on the way up, the second half looked less steep but we turned back at the first peak. The mountain wins this day.

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Jenny Su-Conner
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Did this Monday Sept 14. Got to the parking at just after 9am. Only a few cars parked. When heading up the first mountain, don't forget the "shortcut" on the right by the large cairn if you want to start heading towards Cupid and bypass the first mountain. We continued after Cupid to head to Grizzly. Cupid was easy but getting to Grizzly was a little more work, and as we got to the bottom of Grizzly and the trail ended, we started to scramble up. We did this for a bit until we finally gave up because it just felt dangerous, to me at least. We're from sea level and not seasoned hikers (though we've been doing some hiking for almost a week at that point, easy/short and hard hikes every other day). We had to take a lot of rests during the scramble, and as I mentioned, I feared for my life. I had some Merrell hiking shoes on, but maybe if I had crampons or something for traction, it would have helped. If I remember correctly, most of the scramble had snow (packed down and not fresh). I'd like to try it again when it's summer if I'm able to come back. I think it's definitely doable. We backed down off Grizzly and went towards Sniktau. Bypassed the false summit and made it there and back down to the car at just after 8pm. A nice challenge but nothing too difficult. Probably would have been even easier had we not gone all the way to Grizzly and back and just did Cupid and Sniktau. Glad we did try Grizzly though because now I at least know what it's like. Passed a few people on the whole hike, maybe 10 people.

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Stepan Dyachkovskiy
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Great moderate trail with gorgeous views. Well defined trail, easy to follow, a few rough spots but nothing too exposes.

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Chris Seigler
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Good trail. I’m not overly experienced. I’m more of a “ill finish this if it’s the last thing I do kind of guy.” Beware of the false summits. A lot of people stopped at false summit number 2 to celebrate as we walked by them. Also... a lot of wind.

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Di Di
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That was a hard hike and mainly because of the first part of it that is pretty steep, it gets easier once you pass it. It was really windy that day and there are no any trees on the mountain and along the trail that would help to hide from the wind (or the sun). So, be prepared for a weather change. But it is beautiful up there, you get to see 360 views. It’s worth the hard work.:)

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Max Utsler
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First and foremost there’s a GNARLY false summit, holy crap. I probably should’ve expected it, but I can honestly say this is the first time I was disappointed to see a false summit. So be prepared for that. Also this trail is STEEP. Don’t be like me and forget your trekking poles, because boy those would have helped coming down. Pretty well-maintained trail, there were a few spots that it could be easy to miss, but keep your eyes open and you’ll see it. One more thing, and this is probably something that only matters to me and anyone else who has a fear of heights: there is a little bit of exposure. I’m sure more experienced hikers will probably laugh at that, but seriously, if you have any fear of heights or vertigo, be prepared for a little bit of exposure. Beautiful views at the top, a bit hazy today but could still see a decent amount. I summited at around 9:30 and there was only a handful of us at the top. By the time I got back down at 11, every parking spot available was taken.

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Ganesh Ramachandran
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p7reston777 .
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Great hike. At 5:30am already 7 cars. Trail is great, there is no snow. Gotta love those false summits

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Kyle Heffern
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Hiked on Saturday 9/5/2020. The trail is very steep and at high elevation. The views from the top of the first peak (~1 mile in) are great and you could definitely stop there. Would recommend if you've had some time to acclimate.

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Chris Patrick
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Po Loz
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Great! We parked at 6:30am with 3 cars on a parking lot and finished 8:55am. The parking was full.

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Po Loz
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Great

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Zac Trautman
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HikingGreat!No shadeRockyScramble

tough on my east coast lungs. amazing views

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