This is by far my favorite 14er climb. Climbed from Stewart Creek to the summit, and made a loop back out the Colorado Trail. We saw some of the coolest mushrooms that looked like they had oatmeal sprinkled on top. Saw two people on the summit and that was it for the day. Beautiful mountain, beautiful climb, and a beautiful day.
Left "TH" (improvised parking spot) at 9.05. Nice hike to summit, particularly through trees. Weather actually held out, which was nice. Summited at 12.57, my dad a few minutes later. Hung out there briefly, taking time to mark off peak on my 14ers shirt, take pic's, & crack celebratory brew (yummy L Hand Milk Stout). Took off 13.19 to avoid building clouds. On way back, traversed Pt. 12,540, which was fun- staying directly on crest, maybe 5.2 or so. Rest of descent uneventful.
Great to summit another 14er with my pops, & be amidst the beautiful San Juans (esp. just us- didn't see anyone else on trail the whole day!)- amazing area.
are we there yet? are we there yet? oh, there's the summit... nope, not the summit. ok, made it.
Tried this mountain last year and got turned around by lightening. Have to admit I was dreading the 40 mile dirt road to the trailhead but took a bunch of CD's and had a great drive. Felt great to do a 12 mile 14'er and not be totally exhausted by the end!
This on ranks in my top five hikes of all time. It's gentle and absolutely breathtaking.
I had fun on this hike with Carlos it was a good we wissed all the rain..We hiked from Equity mine. We only saw 8 people all day
Camped at TRH for Stewart Creek approach. Hiked out at 5:40am and on top at 10:45am. Few other climbers and a long 4 miles before the trail begins to climb to the ridge. San Luis is one hard peak to get a look at, kind of shy I guess.
Really nice and easy climb up. The small crowd (10-12) was really nice compared to the peaks closer to the front range. Camped at TH, but if I did it again I would find a nice level campground before or after the TH then drive to it in the morning.
Got there and it took a long while on the dirt road. Nobody was on this peak. Very isolated. We camped out and climbed it. Saw the most beautiful rainbow. Made it to the top fast. Downpour when I came down.
Arrived at the TH just after midnight, intending to sleep a bit, but decided simply to head out and summit as early as possible. The stream crossings were time-consuming, and we (trishapajean and I) summitted at 7:10 am under glorious clear skies. The view from the top is amazing. Saw only two other people all day.
Surprisingly cool hike with plenty of 13ers around and no crowds. Definitely do this one again!
A great time of celebration as we hiked this gentle 14er with our friend Kevin Baker. This was his final 14er- Congratulations Kevin!!! Job done well!
Kept up a trail-run pace all the way to the summit. Beautiful backcountry.
out in the middle of nowhere
saved San Luis for my final 14er with my wife and a great group of friends! Some early snow made for a beautiful, mellow hike. Great 14er to start or end on!
Climbed via Stewart Creek route; camped at 10,400' to get a head start. Terrific views of the La Garita and even the Weminuche.
Climbed the standard route with some people from work (including a first timer!). Got rained on coming back down, and got to see a cattle drive on the road. Gotta love a 14er where the cows outnumber the people!
Beautiful day on San Luis Pk!
The wilderness around this area is worth the long drive to get there. We started a bit late but still made the summit by around noon.
August 18, 2007: From 13285, 13180 & 13155. To Organ Mountain and San Luis Peak. 9 hours roundtrip.
June 4, 2006: En route to Baldy Alto, Stewart Peak and Baldy Chato; 7 hours 50 minutes roundtrip.