Mount Sneffels is a prominent peak in the San Juan Mountains and is the highest peak in its namesake Mount Sneffels Wilderness. Mount Sneffels is notable for its great vertical relief, distinctive shape and looming north face. The peak rises over 7000 feet from the town of Ridgway, Colorado.
Mount Sneffels was named after the volcano Snæfell, which is located on the tip of the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland. On the first ascent it is reported that “Dr. Endlich was standing in the abyss (to the north of Sneffels) with one companion, who compared it to the great hole described by Jules Verne in 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth.' Endlich agreed with him, and pointing to the great peak above, exclaimed, 'There's Snaefell!”