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csmcgranahanAmazing sunset!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2009


Hiked up after dinner and sat on the summit with my friend Jake and witnessed one of the best sunset scenes of my life. Hiked down in the moonlight. Stunning!
Posted Jul 30, 2009 3:05 pm

VermontMikeNowhere near the high point  Sucess!


Sand-slogged up to High Dune summit on a very windy day (40+ mph gusts). . . the views were worth it!!! The highest dune is Star Dune but the high point of the park is over 13,500' in the Sangres.
(See the Music Pass area)
Posted Jun 7, 2009 4:14 am

ktiffany22NP highpoint!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 23, 2009


Summited High Dune, then headed over for a quicker than we thought summit of Star Dune (the true high point of the park). On the way back, hit Point 8,000 something. Got rained on the last 10 minutes of our high. A great day!
Posted May 31, 2009 1:33 am

foxyladyFun place!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 19, 2005


With Jeff and Monica.
Posted Dec 22, 2008 5:25 pm

kavakFrom Parking Lot  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 13, 2008


I have lived in Colorado for 29 years and never visited the Great Sand Dunes. My wife and I stayed in a Yurt at Joyful Journey Hot Springs Spa and went to the park the next day. The climb to High Dune wasn't that difficult at all. Of course we had perfect conditions for it. It had snowed on the dunes two days ago and the nights froze the moisture laden sand which made for easier walking. I had some difficulty actually standing on the summit because of a couple who were deeply in love.
Posted Dec 19, 2008 10:12 am

POLUKOAmazing little climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2008


Went up for the sunrise and made the mistake of taking my shoes off. It was very cold but once the sun rose everything changed. Amazing sunrise on an amazing hike.
Posted Dec 5, 2008 6:53 pm

skorpeogreat with kids  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2008


I hiked up it with my family. My six year old was proud to beat us all to the top. I think this was my fourth ascent. We really enjoy the Dunes.
I did not see any sand woems.
Posted Oct 19, 2008 10:32 pm

McCannstercrazy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2008


CU Alpine Club trip. Very windy day and huge wind driven sand plumes blowing off the summit ridge, making it difficult to not cover your face at all. The sand screwed up my camera lens...have to get it fixed now. Climbed at Penitente Canyon the next day. Magnifico!
Posted Oct 12, 2008 11:33 pm

silversummitWhat a great hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2008


We pulled into our site late on the 26th in a rainstorm and woke up to a beautiful cool, clear morn. The hiking was fantastic and made much easier because the sand was wet and actually formed into climbing steps in the steeper sections. We experienced a Rocky Mountain first for our 10 Marylanders and 1 Nebraskan!
Posted Oct 4, 2008 1:47 am

Pete CastriconeHigh Dune  Sucess!

Pete Castricone

Nice end to a long 2007 Memorial Day weekend.
Posted Jul 22, 2008 2:07 pm

mlandau3A Unique Place  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2008


We always visit the Sand Dunes if we can. Lots of hummingbirds, lots of scenery, lots of sand. This was supposed to be a rest day, but High Dune was about all we could handle.
Posted Jul 21, 2008 2:15 am

slowpokeClimbed Memorial Day weekend  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 24, 2008


thankfully we were among the first to set out and took our own route, "topping out" on several other interesting dunes along the way.
Posted May 29, 2008 8:28 pm

shknbken.e. ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 29, 2008


Hit High Dune after a long day on nearby 13er Twin Peaks. The plunge step descent makes the slog worth it! Great views when the sun is going down. Herard looks pretty nice.
Posted Apr 4, 2008 12:50 am

davebobk47Cold Windy Day in the Dunes  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2007


Practically had the place to myself, only saw 4 other people the whole time and they were at the bottom. Bismark and I pushed through 40+ mph winds to summit High Dune. Star Dune was out of the question in that wind and cold. I'll be back though...
Posted Dec 24, 2007 5:08 pm

argothorTwice in one day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 26, 2001


I hiked up to the top of the Great Sand Dunes twice in the same day. After going up the first time, I get back to the parking lot and there are my friends and neighbors, Troy and Nickie, who just pulled into the parking lot to hike up to the summit. I don't know they were going to be there, but I joined up with them and hiked it yet again.
Posted Oct 12, 2007 10:12 pm

mtnhiker13A unique experience  Sucess!


Don't recall exactly when I climbed this with AJ on a trip to the Dunes. It's interesting to hike around in the sand - great workout on the legs. More fun going down!
Posted Jul 27, 2007 8:18 pm

mountainloverCOA Unique Experience  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006


I was pleasantly surprised/amused to find this one on the summitpost website. In all seriousness though, this hike is a great lowerbody workout with stunning scenery throughout. A real must-do if you live in Colorado (or elsewhere for that matter!). I make the trek up High Dune every time I've visited the dunes. Just make sure your feet don't get burnt by the sand. As I've learned from experience, it can be scalding.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 4:28 pm

Mike McMany times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2005

Mike Mc

Does this really count as a peak? Anyway, I've climbed this and star dune many times.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 1:50 pm

Sarah SimonThe Calf Master  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2000

Sarah Simon

What a lower-leg workout. A joy to play in the sand with the amazing Sangres as the backdrop.
Posted May 23, 2007 1:00 pm

pittbrownieHigh Dune
Date Climbed: May 11, 2007


Summitted High Dune and a bunch of others during a camping trip. Great hike! Be sure to check out Zapata Falls if you're in the area.
Posted May 13, 2007 4:05 pm

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