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SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July, 1984  Sucess!


Easy mountain, but nice. Climbed with Aaron and Mark. Wonderful view of the more "precipitous" Sangres from the top.
Posted Aug 11, 2004 12:43 am

xskier77Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June 26, 2004  Sucess!


Went to climb this the afternoon after climbing Crestone Needle. We left camp at about 1:30pm and started hiking up the long switchbacks to the ridge right into a fun graupel storm. There was a big trail crew working and they all decided to go down due to weather and tried to convince us to go down as well. We continued up and the weather never really cleared but never produced any lightning just more graupel. 2nd summit of the day with no view at all.
Posted Jun 27, 2004 3:06 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 27, 2002  Sucess!


Crestone Needle and Humboldt in a day is a grunt! Especially when you start near the 2WD trailhead.... This was the day that I took this special shot of Humboldt from Crestone Needle's summit. A trip report is available here.
Posted Apr 12, 2004 12:16 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 1997  Sucess!

Larry V

The climb was cold and windy, but not too long. The view from the summit and west ridge were well worth the effort. Second time to summit Humboldt.
Posted Apr 10, 2004 9:01 am

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Kit Carson - Cottonwood Date Climbed: Aug. 2, 2003  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

Started at 6 AM from the Willow Creek trailhead in Crestone, traversed Challenger, Kit Carson and Columbia before reaching Humboldt at 1:50 PM. Descended to the lake and up Broken Hand pass but by now it was raining and there was distant thunder so I bailed on my attempt to bag the Crestones (I climbed them last year anyway) and bushwacked down Cottonwood creek to the road about 6 PM. I jogged about 2 of the 7 miles back to my car before getting a ride.
Posted Feb 19, 2004 8:40 pm

sbkelleyRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 1998  Sucess!


Again, this one was a few years ago. I climbed it with Boy Scout Troop 122 out of Los Alamos, NM - and about the only thing I remember was being absolutely floored by the views of the Crestones
Posted Jan 25, 2004 12:55 am

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: West ridge Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!


Nice views of the Crestones.
Posted Jan 10, 2004 7:21 pm

summiteer16Route Climbed: Upper Colony Lake/ Ridge Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!


A much easier climb than the Crestone Twins. As you ascend, watch for false cairns. I did not, and ended up on the North Face, from which i followed to the summit. It was not too bad, but the actual route is much easier. We cached axes and such on the ridge,(due to snow) and a buddy left a backpack, which was torn to pieces by marmots, so heads up.
Posted Dec 2, 2003 9:00 am

eckdoerryRoute Climbed: three 14ers Date Climbed: Augest 10, 2001  Sucess!


I climbed all three of the local 14ers this day in one long hard push. Real hardmen can add in Kit Carson too, but, ah well, maybe next time.

Did a wierd variation up a sketchy couloir on the SE face of the Needle, then traversed to Crestone Peak summit --- also sketchy in places; couldn't see the simple ridge route the guide described (need better guide!) -- and then slogged up Humboldt, which is the least interesting in terms of climbing, but a nice relaxing grind to end the day. Started at 530am, got down by 130 to avoid lingering monsoon weather.
Posted Nov 28, 2003 11:48 am

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 1, 2003  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Started very early to beat the daily crowds. Summited at 7:30 am and had the entire mountain to myself. This is a nice day hike and warm up for the big peaks nearby. Views of the Crestones and the Sangres are the icing.
Posted Aug 3, 2003 3:40 pm

KaneRoute Climbed: Standard West Ridge Date Climbed: 1996  Sucess!


Humbolt Peak couldn't be a more perfect introdction to the spectacular Sangre's. The view of the Crestones will blow you away. This peak will also inspire you to keep climbing away.
Posted May 27, 2003 7:06 pm

charmsRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 21, 2002  Sucess!


After conquering the twin Crestone's on each of the previous two days, I was glad to "walk" up to Humboldt on the third day. In order to stick with my 3000 ft rule on each 14er, I hiked back down to the trailhead and then returned to our base camp at South Colony before the rest of my group got up that morning.

What an awesome view of the peaks I had conquered the day before. This was a fun and easy hike. The view was very short lived as an early, 11:30 am, storm came in and blocked our view.
Posted Jan 16, 2003 6:37 pm

rmjwintersRoute Climbed: Traverse from Kit Carson Date Climbed: July 7 1999  Sucess!


The big Anthill!
Posted Oct 5, 2002 9:12 pm

jdjordan45Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!


My dad and I drove the 4X4 road to the South Colony Lakes trail head, camped, and left early the next morning. We summited around 10:00 and enjoyed and awesome view.
Posted Sep 20, 2002 2:01 pm

HendereDate Climbed: September 7, 2002  Sucess!


Great views to the north and south. Big winds on top, so I left in a hurry. All in all, a very fun hike!
Posted Sep 12, 2002 4:41 pm

wayneaflickRoute Climbed: South Colony Lake Trail Date Climbed: August 7, 2000  Sucess!


I drove up the 4x4 road. It's rough but nothing compared to the Lake Como Road. I camped at the trail head. I slept in my pickup which was parked right next to the fence and sign. I was kept awake by something gnawing on the sign. I couldn't see what it was but maybe it was a bear? Probably just a porcupine. The trail is a wonderful trail all the way to the saddle. The rest of the trip is a minor scramble but easy. The views all along the trip are outstanding. The Crestones are all they are cracked up to be.

Posted Jul 7, 2002 2:31 pm

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: September 1997  Sucess!
Recall that the sky was that beautiful azure blue and the tundra had all kinds of colors. Beware this trailhead requires about 1.5 hours of a rocky 4x4 road to get there!
Posted Jun 4, 2002 9:56 am

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 1998  Sucess!


Summited this peak after a weekend of volunteer work for the Colorado 14er Initiative... summited last afternoon, around 5pm on a perfectly beautiful, still, clear blue day w/my girlfriend....... very nice memory
Posted Jan 16, 2002 7:37 am

spyder550Route Climbed: West Ridge II Date Climbed: July 2001  Sucess!
Climbed from N. Colony Creeks up boulder/shale field. N. Colony is beautiful with waterfalls and very few people. Hike to higher lakes is horrible if you try to bushwack and we finally put on our sandals and hiked up the creek. To get to West Ridge was not so fun either but we managed and summited around 10am. Great view of the Crestones and Carson/Challenger. If you like backpacking and want remote do the N. Colony Creeks. If it is just a day trip or you want to bag all the mountains in the area go up S. Colony. I also attempted Humboldt in April from S. Colony and got caught in a blizzard at 12,000 feet, luckily had our tent and gear to hold out the storm in.
Posted Dec 28, 2001 11:14 pm

Jim ClarkeRoute Climbed: Standard Route Date Climbed: 7/23/00  Sucess!

Jim Clarke

Great day hike/warm-up for the Crestones...with incredible views of them and Kit Carson...fun, easy.
Posted Jul 24, 2001 8:51 pm

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