Drove in from Colorado Springs, leaving at 3 AM. Started on the trail from the top of the road at 6 AM. A strenuous climb from the saddle, awesome views of the Crestones.
Summited a few years back. Fell in love with the Sangre de Cristos, Been back a few times, always something new to see.
Climbed with Jamie and Prakash, sort of a variation on the east ridge route. The road was so well packed out by snowmobiles that we stayed on it much farther and gained the east ridge closer to the SE gully.
7/16/05 - Afternoon hike of standard route from camp at South Colony Lakes after climbing Crestone Needle in the morning.
2/1/09 - Winter ascent of the east ridge from 2WD parking lot.
12/1/12 - Quick ascent of the standard route from camp after backpacking to South Colony Lakes. Summitted during a beautiful sunset.
Picked this one off with Edward Earl after backpacking into South Colony Lakes that morning. We got lucky because the thunder was faint and far enough away that we didn't feel too threatened. Great view of the Crestones!
the sangre de cristos are pretty sweet - still lots of snow in late april - I twisted my knee postholing through the woods on the way down - cody made it - checked out the sand dunes and a cool frozen waterfall before leaving the area
What a great day. The afternoon did bring a small storm but we never had any issues with lightning, which made my day considering all the run-ins I have had with it here in Colorado in the past. Climbed with my friend Stephers (after she had just done a 26 mile marathon) and got my ass kicked. Guess I better start running more? Nice to just take off to the Sangre's for a couple days at the last minute!
It's a rare event to be able to summit a 14er at 6 PM but when the conditions are perfect...why not? Met climbing partners Alan and Patrick at South Colony Lakes around 3:30 PM Saturday and was met with the question - what to do Humboldt? Conditions - both trail and weather - were perfect! We summited in 2 hours, spent 30 minutes on the summit, and then about 1.5 down for a hot dinner of dehydrated pasta. Great times!
Climbed in the early evening after climbing Crestone Needle in the morning. Had absolutely beautiful weather without a cloud in the sky. Enjoyed the sunset and put on head lamps for the last bit of the trail to camp. Overall, a great weekend in the Sangre de Cristos.
The crux of this hike was probably driving up South Colony Lakes. A pretty nasty road, to say the least. Summitted on a cold, windy morning and encountered 2-3 inches of snow from the saddle all the way to the top, which was pretty weird for a mid-August outing (although CO weather never ceases to surprise me).
Overall, a nice, easy hike with some of the most spectacular scenery in Colorado...seeing the view of the Crestones from Humbolt's ridge makes me very eager to climb the Needle at some point.
Hiked it after The Needle. Got down just before the noon showers showed up.
My 43rd 14er. Humboldt should try a little harder to be awesome like all the peaks around it.
Ascent East slopes route, descent via west side, 7 hours RT. A beautiful hike all around. My first Sangre! Stoked for the Crestones...
Climbed with my friend Dan Pate of Fort Worth and his daughter Lauren. It was Lauren's 14th Birthday and her first 14'er! She set the pace and we made it in 2 1/2 hours from camp at South Colony Lakes to the summit.
This was my third climb of Humbolt. Again the standard route. We walked the road from the main stream crossing.
This was my first climb of Humbolt. It was via the standard west ridge route. I walked most of the road from where I parked my 2WD car.
Went up w/ a large group for TalusMonkey memorial
Hiked the West Ridge from Spanish Creek Trailhead round-trip in a long 13+ mile, 6600+ ft. elevation day. The view of the Crestones from the Bear's Playground was incredible.
I climbed Humboldt to get a better view of the Crestone Traverse (not that the traverse route could actually be seen). Still, it gave me more confidence in making the traverse the next day. Humboldt was so nice, I was tempted to camp on top of it. Luckily I didn't, because the blue skies of the day gave way to a midnight thunder-boomer.
This was my 1st 14er. My friend & neighbor Scott was my guide. He helped me get all my gear together etc. What a rookie I was. I was changed forever at about 13,000 feet as I gazed through the clouds and as the sun came up and cast it's light upon the Crestone's. We were surprised by the nice weather and my sense of accomplishment at the summit was astounding. Scott was a great friend and guide.