See the trip-report here: http://distantpeak.com/web/mountains/n-america/san_luis_peak
I've climbed several San Juan peaks, but only this one had a true wilderness feel. Seeing a group of bull elk on a ridge silhouetted against the sunrise was the highlight and one of those wild moments of incontestable purity.
Well worth the drive! Spectacular trail with great scenery. Solo trip taking 2 hours and forty minutes to the summit. Back to the trailhead in four hours and 35 minutes.
Awesome hike. Beautiful trail. 41st 14er for me 46th for my husband! Took 2 1/2 hours to summit and 2 hours down. This was a pleasant day after climbing North Maroon!!!!! Highly recommended!!!!!
Beautiful day in a beautiful area. Nice climb and a great trail! Wonderful views of the San Juans - highly recommended.
This is probably one of my favorite 14ers. The La Garita mountains offer a solitude that is almost unmatched in the heavily traveled backcountry of Colorado.
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.