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.
Great day hike/warm-up for the Crestones...with incredible views of them and Kit Carson...fun, easy.
Easy hike. Good warm-up for the other ones.
Easy summit, but the walk up the long 4WD road was not fun.