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DharmaBum1984Route Climbed: East Slopes Date Climbed: August 1996  Sucess!


This was my first fourteener, almost ten years ago. As I recall, it as a beautiful hike. We encountered a thunderstorm on the way down, and before we could get below timberline, the electricity in the air and the thunder got pretty intense--good times. One could spend weeks exploring this area.
Posted May 7, 2005 2:12 am

Larry VRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek trailhead Date Climbed: August 1999  Sucess!

Larry V

Last of the Colorado fourteeners for me and Aaron. Cooked dinner on top. The mountain isn't very spectacular, especially for the San Juans.
Posted Mar 9, 2005 9:19 pm

RichratRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Trail Date Climbed: September 21st 2001  Sucess!


Wonderful weather. The road to get to the trailhead was a long ways from the highway.
Posted Jan 30, 2005 10:04 pm

charles97Route Climbed: Equity Mine Trailhead Date Climbed: September 7, 2004  Sucess!


Got off track near the start and had to bushwhack, but otherwise and uneventful hike on a gorgeous day.
Posted Jan 28, 2005 2:02 pm

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: August 14, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

My 11th Fourteener, first time in the San Juans. Very enjoyable day, beautiful weather and on the summit by 9 AM!
Posted Sep 21, 2004 9:48 pm

bc44caesarRoute Climbed: South Ridge from Willow Creek Date Climbed: 7 Aug 2004  Sucess!


Nice weather, but the most boring mountain I've ever climbed...only salvaged the day by doing an exciting traverse to Organ Mountain
Posted Aug 9, 2004 6:08 pm

SpeedyRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: 07/04/04  Sucess!


Camped at the trailhead the night before. Met some really neat people! It was a really long walk in before you really started going up. It was the difference between night and day how I felt today compared to yesterday! Felt much better and had a better attitude, too! Saw some beautiful sights, including a moose...TWICE! Who even knew there were Moose in CO? We're slow, but we keep on plugging and get there eventually! Poor Bryan and his blisters! The trek out was a killer. My dogs were really barkin' IF ya know what I mean!
Posted Jul 16, 2004 1:03 am

Bryan WRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: 7/4/04  Sucess!

Bryan W

The book says this is a 12 mile trip, but the GPS said that it was closer to 14 miles. In either case it is very long. The shallow slopes are made up by this long distance hike. Anyway, hiking up the valley, we saw a moose on the other side of the beaver ponds. A few creek crossings, 4 miles, and 2,000' we finally hit treeline. We then finally started to gain some altitude on a nice trail that switched a little to the ridge line. From there you can see the summit, but there was still a long sweeping up climb in front of us. Blisters had slowed me down, but we finally made the summit. Spent about 30 minutes on top and the weather was starting to get ugly. Headed down fast to treeline and then just a nice easy hike to the car. Saw the moose again on the way out.
Posted Jul 13, 2004 11:25 am

ctruscotRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: September 2003  Sucess!
Beautiful hike on a great September day! What a long drive in to trail head.
Posted Jul 11, 2004 8:36 pm

RatballsRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: June 5, 2003  Sucess!


I climbed this last year. It was a beautiful, remote, wildernesque hike. The drive to the trailhead was a different matter: brutal and epiphanic.
Posted Jun 26, 2004 7:19 pm

Alan EllisRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: June 10, 2004  Sucess!

Alan Ellis

Sick as a dog with AMS; otherwise, great weather and a good day.
Posted Jun 12, 2004 10:57 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: from the east Date Climbed: july 98  Sucess!


pristine wilderness, almost no people. camped here 2 nights, just cz.
Posted May 21, 2004 9:23 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: South Ridge Date Climbed: July 18, 2003  Sucess!


The final 14er of our trip to the San Juans making a total of 7. This was a nice way to end the tour as it was the easiest of the 7 and a nice leg stretch after the two backpacks and 6 more technical peak prior to this day. Weather was perfect and we ran into a large group of Mennonites on the summit.
Posted Feb 1, 2004 11:34 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Route Date Climbed: June 17, 2001  Sucess!


Climbed along with Organ Mountain. This made for a wonderful scenic day. Raymond dog was along with me on this one.

Jon Bradford
Posted Nov 5, 2003 10:10 pm

Bruce PooleyRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: October 4, 2003  Sucess!

Bruce Pooley

New snow on the ridge and summit -- maximum of 6 inches. Cool, breezy and quite cloudy with some breaks. No one on summit at 3:00 pm.

Its always great to be on the summit, no matter what the weather is.
Posted Oct 13, 2003 7:08 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Standard route via Stewart Creek Date Climbed: August 16, 2003  Sucess!


Summitted by 9:00 a.m. and the clouds were already moving in. Too bad! Stewart Creek was gorgeous, though. A trip report is available here.
Posted Aug 22, 2003 3:49 pm

big_gRoute Climbed: West Willow Creek Approach \ South Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2003


I probably should not have tagged this one today. It meant going up in marginal weather which became risky weather just one ridge away. I summitted and got back down to around 12,300 before the storm was overhead. I won that gamble and tomorrow I am buying a Powerball ticket.
Posted Aug 16, 2003 10:18 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek - 10,460' Date Climbed: July 28, 2001  Sucess!


We started hiking at 8:30am it was pretty flat until we hit 12,400 foot only gaining 1,000 feet in four miles. There we had 800 feet of elevation gain the ridge. This was the hardest part of the day.

It’s written in most books that San Luis is the looniest fourteener in the state. Not today there were about fifteen people on the summit.

On the way down there is about three miles of beaver ponds and the books I've read said that there are Moose in the area. Sure enough about a two miles from the trailhead we saw a female sitting in the weeds. We could only see her head through and took pictures.

It was a good day San Luis is one of the easier fourteeners in the state.
Posted Jan 29, 2003 1:25 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: East Slopes from Stewart Creek Date Climbed: July 20th, 2002  Sucess!


Very nice hike up the valley to 12,000 or so. You cannot see the peak until you reach the saddle. Clouds moved in very early - around 9:30am or so - and there were lots of others enroute to the summit, so I am not sure whether they continued or turned around.

All direction posted for this peak are excellent, but would recomment using either Roach's 13er directions vs. Roach's 14ers. Took us about an hour from Gunnison to reach trailhead - roads were only gravel and dirt but very well maintained (compared to alot of Chaffee County roads!).

Posted Jul 22, 2002 6:19 am

sidhayesRoute Climbed: Stewart Creek Date Climbed: August 18, 2001  Sucess!
A different experience than on other fourteeners; more remote than most.. Windy and cold on top; took 1:43 to the summit.
Posted Jun 29, 2002 6:19 am

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