San Juan Mtns - late June too early?

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We're planning a summer trip with our sons for day hiking in the San Juans, probably Sneffels Highline, Blue Lakes, Ice Lake, etc. I know every year is different, but based on the Snow Water Equivalent map it looks like this year's snow levels are about average. Is the last week in June too early to manage the higher altitudes? Ideally we'd go when trails are passable and wildflowers are plentiful. (Also not too many afternoon thunderstorms, but I know that's asking a bit much...)

I don't want to wait too long to figure out our dates, as I need to book flights, lodging, etc.

I know there are a bunch of you Colorado experts out there. Advice?
 
Hi Janice. With a half century of hiking,climbing ,camping and so on behind me in Colorado I would say that for optimum conditions late June is too early for Blue Lakes and Ice Lake Basin . The Sneffles Highline Trail has great exposure to the south so that would be good at least down low. All of those trails are popular so it is likely that the snow would be packed down by previous hikers so it just depends on your tolerance of walking in snowy,sloppy ,muddy conditions. Post July 4 would be best of course . Average snowpack in the San Juans is more snow than the rest of the state would have on average.
 
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