Mount Sneffels

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For the town named after this mountain, see Sneffels, Colorado.
Mount Sneffels
MtSneffelsMarch2008.jpg
View of Mount Sneffels from the north
Elevation 14,158 ft (4,315 m)[1][2]
Prominence 3,050. ft (930 m)[3]
Isolation 15.71 mi (25.28 km)[3]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Colorado 4000 meter summits
Colorado range high points
Colorado county high points
Location
Mount Sneffels is located in Colorado
Mount Sneffels
Mount Sneffels
Colorado
Location Ouray County, Colorado, U.S.[1]
Range San Juan Mountains[3]
Coordinates 38°00′14″N 107°47′32″W / 38.0038357°N 107.7923478°W / 38.0038357; -107.7923478Coordinates: 38°00′14″N 107°47′32″W / 38.0038357°N 107.7923478°W / 38.0038357; -107.7923478[1]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Sneffels, Colorado[1]

Mount Sneffels is a fourteen thousand foot mountain peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is 14,158 feet high. It is the 27th highest 14er in Colorado. It is located in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness of the northern San Juan Mountains, in Ouray County approximately 5 miles (8 km) west of the town of Ouray. The summit of Mount Sneffels is the highest point in Ouray County. Mount Sneffels is notable for its great vertical relief, as it rises 7,200 feet above the town of Ridgway, Colorado 6 miles to the northeast.

The primary route to the summit follows a creek bed up from Yankee Boy Basin. A secondary route follows a ridge line to the summit from the saddle of Blue Lakes Pass.

Mount Sneffels was named after the volcano Snæfell, which is located on the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. That mountain and its glacier, Snæfellsjökull, which caps the crater like a convex lens, were featured in the Jules Verne novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth. An area on the western flank of Mount Sneffels gives the appearance of volcanic crater.[citation needed]

Seen from the Dallas Divide on State Highway 62, Mount Sneffels is one of the most photographed mountains in Colorado.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "SNEFFLES". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ The elevation of Mount Sneffels includes an adjustment of +1.879 m (+6.16 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Sneffels, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 

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Panorama of the Sneffels Range of the San Juan Mountains, photographed from Dallas Divide pass.