Mount Sniktau Trail is a hiking trail in Clear Creek County and Summit County, Colorado. It is within White River National Forest and Arapaho National Forest. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 11,975 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,785 feet. The Loveland Pass (elevation 11,959 feet) and Loveland Pass saddles and the Loveland Pass parking are near the trailhead. There is also parking. Along the trail there is a viewpoint. The trail ends near Mount Sniktau (elevation 13,219 feet).
Mount Sniktau Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Many hikers wonder where Mount Sniktau got its name. The origin is not Native American, as some think. Sniktau was the pen name of E. H. N. Patterson, who worked as a journalist in Clear Creek County in the 1860s. Patterson is best known for his friendship with Edgar Allan Poe. The Poe archives in Baltimore contain a letter, written June 7, 1849, that identifies Patterson as the publisher of the Oquawka Spectator in Oquawka, Illinois. In the letter Patterson discusses his proposed publication of Poe’s projected literary periodical, The Stylus."
--Ania Savage, Best Hikes with Dogs: Colorado (The Mountaineers Books).
"This easily recognized landmark above I-70 is a great early-season conditioner. Trail: All the way."
--Dave Muller, Colorado Summit Hikes for Everyone (Colorado Mountain Club Press).
"The most popular peak climb from Loveland Pass heads across the undulating southwest ridge of Sniktau and passes with at least three false summits on the way up. Each step provides its own rewards—you don’t have to summit to take in the view. This hike has the most sustained view of Interstate 70 and the Eisenhower Tunnel of the three choices from this trailhead, but the highway noise fades and the views of Grays, Torrey, and Grizzly peaks make the trek worthwhile."
--Alan Apt and Kay Turnbaugh, Afoot & Afield: Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and Rocky Mountain National Park (Wilderness Press).
"Stay above tree line as you traverse rolling alpine ridges, culminating with a spectacular ascent of Grizzly Peak. Wide-open spaces and views of familiar places await you."
--James Dziezynski, Best Summit Hikes in Colorado (Wilderness Press).
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