The East Ridge was a long tedious hike in ways, but glorious views paid off in the end. Windy up top, but one of the sunniest days I've had in the mtns.
Well, I was one of those two people COTrekker02 ran into on the east ridge. It was indeed a very windy day. We climbed the East Ridge via the Rainbow Trail and descended in more or less the same area. Beautiful area.
Camped at the first creek crossing on the South Colony Lakes road. A nice day with great views.
Windy day. Nice view of the Crestones.
A dusting of snow the night before made this a slippery early summer climb.
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).
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.
was going to climb with the crest stones but it was to windy (about 50or 60mph almost gotten blown off)
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.
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.
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!
1st Fourteener - Great views of The Peak and Needle
snow the last 300 feet up
climbed up early through quite a bit of snow and ice in just enough time to beat out the clouds
climbed this after Kit Carson. Long day but good.
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!
Climbed with my son on a windy day. Backpack into South Colony Lakes and stayed one night. Want to go back soon.
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.
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.