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

hhsilleck

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

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

summiteer16

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!

eckdoerry

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

GrantRoute Climbed: S Colony Lks - 2wd parking area Date Climbed: Aug, 17, 2002  Sucess!

Grant

Forgot my boots, so I taped up my ankles and did it in my Nike sandles.



Humboldt was a nice hike and the views of the Crestone's were incredible. I was getting a lot of looks and I got the feeling that people didn’t want to talk to me probable because I was wearing sandals, and I was in an area where there are a lot of experienced hikers and climbers. I’m sure they were being judgmental as would I if I came across someone hiking in sandals. OH WELL. It was fun and pretty easy overall just long.
Posted Aug 14, 2003 4:11 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: West Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2003

big_g

Came over Broken Hand Pass the day before and camped at Upper South Colony Lake. I slept through my alarm though. I still got the peak in plenty of time but I was chased into the Bears Playground for an unplanned bivy by the weather. That was a fun ridgewalk. I never got hit with any significant winds or rain although Humboldt did. Lucky I guess.
Posted Aug 8, 2003 1:41 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!

Kane

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!

charms

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

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 21, 2002  Sucess!

mtnhiker13

This was our 3rd 14er in that many days after climbing the Crestones. I was wiped out. There was a storm moving in and the clouds made for some fantastic views and pictures. A thoroughly enjoyable mountain and a relief that it was easy enough to do after 2 tougher days.
Posted Dec 27, 2002 12:14 pm

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

rmjwinters

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

jdjordan45Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: July 2002  Sucess!

jdjordan45

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!

Hendere

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!

wayneaflick

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

DaFreshmanRoute Climbed: Standard (west) ridge Date Climbed: August, 2001  Sucess!
I've been to S. Colony lakes during the 3rd week in August twice, and both times it was a monsoon - take that for what its worth.



That said, I think this is one of the most underrated mountains in Colorado. Not because of difficulty, but because of beauty. The S. Colony basin feels like the Alps, not the Rockies. You don't appreciate the magnitude of that north face of the crestones until you stare up at it with your mouth hanging open. Near the summit of Humboldt, there is a sharp dropoff to the north that is suprising for an "anthill" as Roach puts it. And, of course, the views of the Crestones alone are worth the trip.
Posted Mar 18, 2002 4:19 pm

ZekeRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: June 1998  Sucess!

Zeke

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!

spyder550

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

thepluggerRoute Climbed: From South Colony Lakes Date Climbed: 9-5-90  Sucess!

theplugger

The hike up was easy, but an attempt at a "shortcut" to get back down to the car made for an interesting descent, to say the least. We nearly got cliffed out bigtime, but somehow managed.
Posted Jul 27, 2001 3:35 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

jratkRoute Climbed: standard from upper S. Colony Date Climbed: June 2000  Sucess!

jratk

Easy hike. Good warm-up for the other ones.
Posted Jul 17, 2001 9:11 pm

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