A relatively isolated down on what looks like a very trafficked 14'er. Winds were insane down at South Colony Lakes, and I decided to suffer the winds on the mountain rather than in my tent. Glad I did. Beautiful day on the peak!
After taking a break day due to high winds and forgoing Crestone Needle, we summitted Humboldt Peak. Conditions were extremely favorable with clear skies. The route was obvious and fun. The views were quite expansive. Started just after 6:00 am and summitted at 8:05 am. Back down to camp at Lower South Colony Lake at 9:45 am.
With a friend, 17 miles round trip from lower trailhead. Wow what a day! Nice to mark this one off the list. Such great views of the Crestones. So tired by the end!
Terrible snowshoeing through the east ridge's forest, then insane winds but good views of the Crestones in winter
Nice prep hike for the other 4 14ers in the area. As simple and straightforward as it gets. One noteworthy fact: From South Colony Lakes TH it's one of the few trails to a 14er you can ride a bike on for the first 5 or so miles. Highly recommend!
With Brent and Michael
Great acclimatization peak for bigger objectives when camping around South Colony Lakes.
#1 7-2-17 W/ Brent & Lana. Beautiful day, strong winds in places but very pleasant on the (crowded) summit. Thanks to the 14ers Initiative group for the wonderful switchbacks above upper South Colony Lake.
Great hike starting at Rainbow Trail with bushwack up the East Ridge. Snow on the East Ridge didn't even require traction it was so consolidated! Fantastic day!
Started around 6:45AM. Highly suggest bringing a 4WD car that you're willing to put through a little abuse to get to the upper trailhead. LOTS of mosquitoes, repellent a must. Probably my favorite place route in Colorado in terms of views. LOTS of wind along the ridge. Back at car around 1:30PM.
Climbed Humboldt Peak with a friend in August 2009. We saw another hiker with two domesticated goats carrying HAM radio equipment to the top. The views of the Crestones was great! The hike was quite straightforward.
In the late 90s in August. Got snowed on.
Third time up, this time via the standard west ridge route with Rachael after an ascent of "Obstruction Peak". Nice fall day!
With daughter and friend a day after Crestone Peak. We were crab crawling on the summit to avoid getting blown over. The view from the saddle above South Colony Basin is hard to beat.
Straightforward hike up with really nice views of the Crestones from the summit. Spent over an hour on top enjoying the view. Ran into a hostile mountain goat near South Colony Lake on the way down.
climbed humboldt's east ridge with mike and prakash on a lovely winter day. the wind on the summit was intense, combined with an outstanding view of the crestones. another great winter outing in the sangres!
Climbed west ridge, from South Colony Trailhead. Nice climb.
Oh, to spend an entire day in the mountains! In spite of the distance and the vertical ascent to manage in a day, this one has it all.
With Michelle. We chose the East Ridge from Rainbow TH to avoid crowds and because it is shorter than WR by 3 miles. Getting on the ridge is straightforward. Follow the cairns to get on the ridge before the RB trail you are on takes you there. a climbers trail, easily followed, exists on the ridge proper. It dumps you out at a steep forested hillside. From there, do your best. We used game trails to switch it back until treeline. Once at treeline, it is a slog to gain a false summit at 13300 (don't hold me too that). Not too bad, just boring because the angle is pretty consistent. And the massive ridge you are on blocks the views until you pop out on top of the false summit and ridge up to the summit. The climb is really only visibly awesome from there on (with just 800 vert remaining). Summit ridge is fun. Basically, I am saying that the West Ridge by the lakes is likely way more scenic. We descended the ER due to wanting to avoid being annihilated by a system moving in. Enjoy!
The hike up to the ridge was a bit longer then I expected. Once I hit the ridge I got a bug up my butt and took off fast. Picked the harder (class 3) lines to make it more fun.