This was a consolation prize for the weekend. Our goal was the Crestone Peak - Needle Traverse and then Humboldt the following day. The winter weather that moved in late in the week helped postpone that goal. We tried to gain the summit of the Peak only to turn back at 13,800 due to the conditions. A quick trip up Humboldt and back to camp capped a 10 hour day. The area is beautiful and wasn't crowded due to the weather with only several day hikers and a few camping groups. The road in was rough but not bad in a Toyota Tacoma. We'll be back for another try.
14er #14. De ja vu of my snowstorm hike on Huron 10 days ago. More wind and fog than snow this time though. As usual, my view was very limited, but I did get to see the Crestones later in my hike down (the standard west route). Note: the summit log container was broken and no paper/pen to be found. Thus, not able to sign in there...
Easy mountain, but nice. Climbed with Aaron and Mark. Wonderful view of the more "precipitous" Sangres from the top.
Went to climb this the afternoon after climbing Crestone Needle. We left camp at about 1:30pm and started hiking up the long switchbacks to the ridge right into a fun graupel storm. There was a big trail crew working and they all decided to go down due to weather and tried to convince us to go down as well. We continued up and the weather never really cleared but never produced any lightning just more graupel. 2nd summit of the day with no view at all.
Crestone Needle and Humboldt in a day is a grunt! Especially when you start near the 2WD trailhead.... This was the day that I took this special shot of Humboldt from Crestone Needle's summit. A trip report is available here.
The climb was cold and windy, but not too long. The view from the summit and west ridge were well worth the effort. Second time to summit Humboldt.
Started at 6 AM from the Willow Creek trailhead in Crestone, traversed Challenger, Kit Carson and Columbia before reaching Humboldt at 1:50 PM. Descended to the lake and up Broken Hand pass but by now it was raining and there was distant thunder so I bailed on my attempt to bag the Crestones (I climbed them last year anyway) and bushwacked down Cottonwood creek to the road about 6 PM. I jogged about 2 of the 7 miles back to my car before getting a ride.
Again, this one was a few years ago. I climbed it with Boy Scout Troop 122 out of Los Alamos, NM - and about the only thing I remember was being absolutely floored by the views of the Crestones
Nice views of the Crestones.
A much easier climb than the Crestone Twins. As you ascend, watch for false cairns. I did not, and ended up on the North Face, from which i followed to the summit. It was not too bad, but the actual route is much easier. We cached axes and such on the ridge,(due to snow) and a buddy left a backpack, which was torn to pieces by marmots, so heads up.
I climbed all three of the local 14ers this day in one long hard push. Real hardmen can add in Kit Carson too, but, ah well, maybe next time.
Did a wierd variation up a sketchy couloir on the SE face of the Needle, then traversed to Crestone Peak summit --- also sketchy in places; couldn't see the simple ridge route the guide described (need better guide!) -- and then slogged up Humboldt, which is the least interesting in terms of climbing, but a nice relaxing grind to end the day. Started at 530am, got down by 130 to avoid lingering monsoon weather.
Started very early to beat the daily crowds. Summited at 7:30 am and had the entire mountain to myself. This is a nice day hike and warm up for the big peaks nearby. Views of the Crestones and the Sangres are the icing.
Humbolt Peak couldn't be a more perfect introdction to the spectacular Sangre's. The view of the Crestones will blow you away. This peak will also inspire you to keep climbing away.
After conquering the twin Crestone's on each of the previous two days, I was glad to "walk" up to Humboldt on the third day. In order to stick with my 3000 ft rule on each 14er, I hiked back down to the trailhead and then returned to our base camp at South Colony before the rest of my group got up that morning.
What an awesome view of the peaks I had conquered the day before. This was a fun and easy hike. The view was very short lived as an early, 11:30 am, storm came in and blocked our view.
The big Anthill!
My dad and I drove the 4X4 road to the South Colony Lakes trail head, camped, and left early the next morning. We summited around 10:00 and enjoyed and awesome view.
Great views to the north and south. Big winds on top, so I left in a hurry. All in all, a very fun hike!
I drove up the 4x4 road. It's rough but nothing compared to the Lake Como Road. I camped at the trail head. I slept in my pickup which was parked right next to the fence and sign. I was kept awake by something gnawing on the sign. I couldn't see what it was but maybe it was a bear? Probably just a porcupine. The trail is a wonderful trail all the way to the saddle. The rest of the trip is a minor scramble but easy. The views all along the trip are outstanding. The Crestones are all they are cracked up to be.
Recall that the sky was that beautiful azure blue and the tundra had all kinds of colors. Beware this trailhead requires about 1.5 hours of a rocky 4x4 road to get there!
Summited this peak after a weekend of volunteer work for the Colorado 14er Initiative... summited last afternoon, around 5pm on a perfectly beautiful, still, clear blue day w/my girlfriend....... very nice memory