One of the nicest hikes I've done in this state. This was my first time in the La Garitas and it lived up to all my expectations. I didn't see as much wildlife as I would have liked but the lack of people and the views more than made up for it.
Took about 4 hours to reach the summit and then we took a leisurely pace on the way down.
This was my first fourteener, almost ten years ago. As I recall, it as a beautiful hike. We encountered a thunderstorm on the way down, and before we could get below timberline, the electricity in the air and the thunder got pretty intense--good times. One could spend weeks exploring this area.
Last of the Colorado fourteeners for me and Aaron. Cooked dinner on top. The mountain isn't very spectacular, especially for the San Juans.
Wonderful weather. The road to get to the trailhead was a long ways from the highway.
Got off track near the start and had to bushwhack, but otherwise and uneventful hike on a gorgeous day.
My 11th Fourteener, first time in the San Juans. Very enjoyable day, beautiful weather and on the summit by 9 AM!
Nice weather, but the most boring mountain I've ever climbed...only salvaged the day by doing an exciting traverse to Organ Mountain
Camped at the trailhead the night before. Met some really neat people! It was a really long walk in before you really started going up. It was the difference between night and day how I felt today compared to yesterday! Felt much better and had a better attitude, too! Saw some beautiful sights, including a moose...TWICE! Who even knew there were Moose in CO? We're slow, but we keep on plugging and get there eventually! Poor Bryan and his blisters! The trek out was a killer. My dogs were really barkin' IF ya know what I mean!
The book says this is a 12 mile trip, but the GPS said that it was closer to 14 miles. In either case it is very long. The shallow slopes are made up by this long distance hike. Anyway, hiking up the valley, we saw a moose on the other side of the beaver ponds. A few creek crossings, 4 miles, and 2,000' we finally hit treeline. We then finally started to gain some altitude on a nice trail that switched a little to the ridge line. From there you can see the summit, but there was still a long sweeping up climb in front of us. Blisters had slowed me down, but we finally made the summit. Spent about 30 minutes on top and the weather was starting to get ugly. Headed down fast to treeline and then just a nice easy hike to the car. Saw the moose again on the way out.
Beautiful hike on a great September day! What a long drive in to trail head.
I climbed this last year. It was a beautiful, remote, wildernesque hike. The drive to the trailhead was a different matter: brutal and epiphanic.
Sick as a dog with AMS; otherwise, great weather and a good day.
pristine wilderness, almost no people. camped here 2 nights, just cz.
The final 14er of our trip to the San Juans making a total of 7. This was a nice way to end the tour as it was the easiest of the 7 and a nice leg stretch after the two backpacks and 6 more technical peak prior to this day. Weather was perfect and we ran into a large group of Mennonites on the summit.
Climbed along with Organ Mountain. This made for a wonderful scenic day. Raymond dog was along with me on this one.
New snow on the ridge and summit -- maximum of 6 inches. Cool, breezy and quite cloudy with some breaks. No one on summit at 3:00 pm.
Its always great to be on the summit, no matter what the weather is.
Summitted by 9:00 a.m. and the clouds were already moving in. Too bad! Stewart Creek was gorgeous, though. A trip report is available here.
I probably should not have tagged this one today. It meant going up in marginal weather which became risky weather just one ridge away. I summitted and got back down to around 12,300 before the storm was overhead. I won that gamble and tomorrow I am buying a Powerball ticket.
We started hiking at 8:30am it was pretty flat until we hit 12,400 foot only gaining 1,000 feet in four miles. There we had 800 feet of elevation gain the ridge. This was the hardest part of the day.
It’s written in most books that San Luis is the looniest fourteener in the state. Not today there were about fifteen people on the summit.
On the way down there is about three miles of beaver ponds and the books I've read said that there are Moose in the area. Sure enough about a two miles from the trailhead we saw a female sitting in the weeds. We could only see her head through and took pictures.
It was a good day San Luis is one of the easier fourteeners in the state.