Mount Sneffels

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For the town named after this mountain, see Sneffels, Colorado.
Mount Sneffels
View of Mount Sneffels from the north
Elevation 14,158 ft (4,315 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 3,030 ft (920 m)[2]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Mount Sneffels is located in Colorado
Mount Sneffels
Mount Sneffels
Location Ouray County, Colorado, U.S.
Range San Juan Mountains
Coordinates 38°00′14″N 107°47′32″W / 38.00389°N 107.79222°W / 38.00389; -107.79222Coordinates: 38°00′14″N 107°47′32″W / 38.00389°N 107.79222°W / 38.00389; -107.79222[1]
Topo map USGS Mount Sneffels

Mount Sneffels is a fourteen thousand foot mountain peak in the U.S. state of Colorado. It is listed as being 14,150 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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  1. ^ a b "Mount Sneffels". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Mount Sneffels, Colorado". Retrieved 2011-02-23. 

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