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KieferRoute Climbed: West ridge Date Climbed: June 2002  Sucess!


I started out hiking on the trail with quite a number of people actually with more arriving every couple hours. However, due to the smoke (Hyman fire) literally, everyone turned around and went back down. I could watch people start out and linger, then turn around. I was the only one who summitted this day out of perhaps 20+ people. I've never seen this many people at the Colony lakes or had a 14er this difficult to accomplish (Capitol is a VERY close 2nd due to other reasons).
Posted Jan 24, 2006 2:45 pm

1mverticalRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June 2, 2003  Sucess!


We climbed this after an 11-hour circumnavigation of the area. This included the Crestones, and an attempt on Kit Carson that was thwarted by soft loose snow.
Posted Jan 10, 2006 12:29 pm

chef007Route Climbed: normal Date Climbed: 9/26/05  Sucess!


was going to climb with the crest stones but it was to windy (about 50or 60mph almost gotten blown off)
Posted Oct 1, 2005 11:43 pm

cftbqRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 29 September, 2005  Sucess!


Climbed on a very windy fall day, which turned from socked-in to lavishly sunny in the course of about an hour just after midday. A long slog with snow on the ground, but I had the sumit to myself! My 24th 14er.
Posted Sep 30, 2005 1:49 am

jwproulxRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 5 September 2005  Sucess!


What a pleasant hike! I decided agains Crestone Peak and/or Needle in the morning because I was just too worn out from my Little Bear - Blanca mini-epic two days before. I watched a ridiculously beautiful sunrise, had a leisurely breakfast, and loafed on up to the summit of Humboldt. It was hard to leave - it's just so beautiful there.
Posted Sep 6, 2005 7:44 pm

mmoerkRoute Climbed: West Ridge / South Colony Lakes Date Climbed: July 3, 2005  Sucess!


Gave up on the 4WD road and hiked up the whole thing instead. Camped near South Colony Lakes. There were plenty of people, since it was 4th of July weekend, but it never really felt like it was too crowded. Summitted the next morning. Spectacular views on this route, highly recommended!
Posted Sep 6, 2005 9:55 am

Mike McRoute Climbed: South Slopes Date Climbed: August 2000  Sucess!

Mike Mc

1st Fourteener - Great views of The Peak and Needle
Posted Aug 28, 2005 10:47 pm

TexjbqRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: August 14 2005  Sucess!


snow the last 300 feet up
Posted Aug 23, 2005 1:08 pm

01aCRViperRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 14, 2005  Sucess!


climbed up early through quite a bit of snow and ice in just enough time to beat out the clouds
Posted Aug 18, 2005 3:36 am

alpine masterRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: July 21 2005  Sucess!

alpine master

climbed this after Kit Carson. Long day but good.
Posted Jul 24, 2005 1:12 pm

Old IckabodRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: October 2004  Sucess!

Old Ickabod

Late start at about 11:30am. Beautiful area around South Colony Lakes. Awesome summit with a little snow on the surrounding peaks. Made it back to the jeep a little after dark. Fun solo hike!
Posted Jul 14, 2005 10:42 pm

doumallRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August, 28 2004  Sucess!


36th 14er!
Posted Jul 13, 2005 3:09 pm

mdavenport2Route Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: September 19, 1998  Sucess!


Climbed with my son on a windy day. Backpack into South Colony Lakes and stayed one night. Want to go back soon.
Posted May 25, 2005 10:06 pm

georgbetsyRoute Climbed: South Colony/South Slopes Date Climbed: March 21, 2005  Sucess!


My wife and I started at 5am and reached the summit at 2pm. We followed the road for about 5 miles and then headed up the south slopes. The weather was wonderful all day, but unfortunately we did not bring our sunscreen (stupid) and are now terribly sunburned. Well, a lesson learned.

The sky was perfectly clear and we had wonderful views of the Crestones, etc.
Posted Mar 24, 2005 12:28 am

ColoradoScottRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: August 7, 1979  Sucess!


This was my second 14er. We backpacked up the Colony Lakes road from where we parked the car the day before, and choked down a crappy dinner of freeze-dried lasagne (the meatballs tasted like dogfood! - They sure have improved over the years). Then we headed up the standard route; I now understood the term "false summit" since there seemed to be dozens along the route. At least the awesome views of the Crestones took our minds off of them. I was impressed by the dropoff to the north along this route. It was a great day and we had the enire mountain to ourselves.
Posted Feb 4, 2005 12:01 pm

RichratRoute Climbed: South Colony Lakes Trail Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!


This was the most wind I have ever encountered. It made a class 1 mountain much more difficult.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 8:56 pm

bakcastRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: Summer 1996  Sucess!


My first Fourteener...and first solo mountain....I can remember thinking that I wasn't going to make it.
Posted Nov 17, 2004 9:51 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: June 17, 2000  Sucess!


Started out from the South Colony Lake 4WD trailhead, and hiked in clouds for most of the trip. We ended up on the false summit until the clouds cleared and we saw the real summit. The CFI trail was nice, although it added additional time to the route.

The road to the trailhead was rough, but we were able to do the 4.5 miles in about 2 hours or so.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 9:57 am

HalikuRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: 2 Oct 2004


This was a consolation prize for the weekend. Our goal was the Crestone Peak - Needle Traverse and then Humboldt the following day. The winter weather that moved in late in the week helped postpone that goal. We tried to gain the summit of the Peak only to turn back at 13,800 due to the conditions. A quick trip up Humboldt and back to camp capped a 10 hour day. The area is beautiful and wasn't crowded due to the weather with only several day hikers and a few camping groups. The road in was rough but not bad in a Toyota Tacoma. We'll be back for another try.
Posted Oct 3, 2004 10:00 pm

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: Rainbow Trail-East Ridge Date Climbed: September 30, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

14er #14. De ja vu of my snowstorm hike on Huron 10 days ago. More wind and fog than snow this time though. As usual, my view was very limited, but I did get to see the Crestones later in my hike down (the standard west route). Note: the summit log container was broken and no paper/pen to be found. Thus, not able to sign in there...
Posted Oct 1, 2004 12:02 am

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