Hiking Humboldt PeakHumboldt Peak
Elevation: 14064 ft / 4287 m
37 Highest in Colorado
Humboldt is an easy peak to climb in an area of the Sangre de Cristo Range where there are many difficult fourteeners. The standard approach is by hiking or driving up a long four-wheel-drive road to the South Colony Lakes Trailhead, and then following a Colorado Fourteener Iniative Trail to Humboldt's west ridge. The view of Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak is stunning.
Humboldt Peak was named for noted German geologist and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, who was an international celebrity in the early-to-mid 1800’s. He advanced studies in the fields of plate tectonics and biogeography, and even held an altitude record for reaching 19,286 feet on the 20,703-foot Mt. Chimborazo. This record lasted for 36 years. Although Von Humboldt was an expert in western U.S. plate tectonics, it is apparent that he never visited his namesake mountain.