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
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.