73/75 14'ers Liked the ramp and the scramble to the top. Would have loved to explore harder route to the top.
With Adam. It was a pretty rough outing for me. I puked several times in the first hour, and nearly called it quits. Once above the lake, and when the sun finally started warming me up, I was feeling ready. Went up the North Ridge, which was so much fun. From there we hiked over to challenger, and made our way back to camp. 13.5 hours, 7 blistered toes, both heals blistered, and lost a toenail all in 16 miles.
Again, good times.
Started from the campsite at Willow Lake around 9:00 am. Made the mistake of misreading the trail rating from 14er.com. I only noticed the class 1 rating for the Willow Lake approach (rookie mistake), so I assumed it was a walk up and went without a helmet and spent hardly any time studying the route. Took me an additional 1.5 - 2 hours than expected for both Challenger Point (summited at noon), and Kit Carson topped at 1:00 pm. Made it back to camp around 3:45 pm. Fortunately, the weather was good the whole way.
Excellent climb, completed in one 15 hour push from Spanish Creek TH. Almost got struck by lightning!
We were going to try the North Ridge but didn't want to risk being on the ridge if a storm moved in. So we opted for the Standard Route over Challenger Point and then back over Challenger Point. Willow Lake base camp is breathtaking and the wildlife was abundant.
#1 08-13-2020 With Yadahzoemtn from Willow Lake via Challenger Point and the avenues. Nice weather and a beautiful day. Reached the summit in 5+12 and spent a wonderful 55 minutes there. The return was, of course, over Challenger Point. The scree slope between Challenger's notch and the area above Willow Lake continues to provide frustration, but RMFI crews are doing some nice trail work in the lower portions. Thanks to them for their hard work. No mosquitoes at the camping site. Kit Carson becomes our 56th 14er. Only two to go to complete the list of 58.
Forgot to log this one; prompted when backing up my summit logs. Done together with Obstruction Point->Columbia pt (Kat Carson)->Kit Carson->Challenger Point.
The north ridge was a blast. Deff wear a helmet. Almost saw two big horn sheep get taken out by rockfall
Repeat ascent: first time in 2005.
This time did a nice loop from Challenger Point, Kit Carson, Columbia Point, Kitty Cat Carson, and Obstruction Peak.
Wonderful climb up the Prow, tagging Challenger, Kit Carson, and Columbia. 12 hrs roundtrip car to car from Spanish Creek Baca Grande trailhead.
Solo trip in a single day from trailhead across icy Avenue
Amazing traverse from South Colony Lakes. This peak has one of the best views of the sand dunes and Crestones in one shot.
Hiked Columbia Point, Kit Carson, and Challenger from South Colony Lakes.
Climbed 14,081 ft. Challenger Point and 14,165 ft. Kit Carson Peak on an overnight solo climbing trip. Hiked up the Willow Creek trail and camped just below Willow Lake on Saturday. On Sunday morning I awoke around 5:30 AM. I hiked around Willow Lake in the dark and then I climbed up the North Slope of Challenger Point. About half way up Challenger the clouds rolled in and socked me in, for the entire remainder of the climb I could not see more than 50 feet in front of me. Regardless I was motivated and made the summit of 14,081 ft. Challenger Point at 9:00 AM. From Challenger I climbed down to the a saddle between Challenger and Kit Carson Peak and took a class 3 route along Kit Carson "Avenue". The Avenue is a unique feature to Kit Carson and allows for a somewhat moderate but exposed traverse to a gully that you have to climb to make the summit. (Kit Carson has sheer cliffs on most other routes) I made the summit of 14,165 ft. Kit Carson Peak at 10:15 AM and had to backtrack back to the summit of Challenger Point, and then all the way down the tedious rocky/scree covered slope down to my camp at Willow Lake. I made it back to camp around 1:30 PM, packed up and headed back to the trail head, arriving back at my car around 4:00 PM. A total of 14.5 miles round trip with 6,250 ft. of elevation gain. 37 Fourteeners down!
Got stormed off last year when attempted solo from parking lot in August. This time, went with a friend, left campsite at Willow Lake at 3:20 a.m. Made it up Challenger slopes in the dark with headlamps. Brilliant sunrise-due to wildfire smoke from other states. First ones on top of Challenger and Kit Carson. Hated all the ups and downs.
Meetup.com trip. We backpacked in from below Willow Creek Trailhead and camped at Willow Lake on Jul 23. The mosquitoes were voracious. We left camp the next morning a little after 5AM, climbed up the talus slope to Challenger Point, arrived there around 8AM. Our leader did not want to bring his dogs up Kit Carson, so he headed down to camp. We continued on to the saddle, then followed Kit Carson Avenue to the gully that took us to the top. We hung out for a little while (it was windy, and there was much cloud cover, so there wasn't much to see) then returned to camp the way we came. One of the hikers had trouble with leg cramps, so it took him a lot longer to get back to camp. We spent one more night at Willow Lake, then hiked back down and returned to Denver on July 25. This was my first time in the Sangres.
Hiked with my sons. Great weather. Found the gully up Challenger more than going across to Kit Carson.
Combined with Challenger Peak, this 14mi roundtrip climb is scenic but rocky with a section of undesirable scree. Beautiful Willow lake provided a nice stop before our 4hr ascent to the summits. I wonder if you can fly a seaplane into Willow lake to shorten the trip?
I'd say the avenue is more like a boulevard... fortunately we had no traffic on it. Summited KC with EricD 1 hour after leaving Challenger Pt. Found a fun class 3 way to avoid some of the scree/loose rock, but it was definitely mostly class 2.