Recommend the approach from the town of Creede and taking the South Ridge route. I ran into Justin Simoni during his trek to do the highest 100 human powered so now I have a personal reason to beat him one day. Lets get it baby!
With Rachael. Third time up, her first. Went over after Organ by dropping off Organ's norhside and contouring high to pick up the SL Trail. Decided this was a good way to avoid loose route and route finding on Organ's west side.
Standard route, and traversed over a few 13ers on the return trip.
6/18/05 - Standard route. Added on Organ afterwards.
3/12/11 - West Face from Equity Mine in near spring-like conditions. Long day trip.
1/16/16 - Strenuous 3 day, 2 night trip up Spring Creek/Bondholder Trail. Approach is all private property; we got permission from the landowner.
One of the prettiest colorado climbs I've done so far. Very lush and green tundra. All above treelike on the Colorado trail and up the S. ridge. FLowers in full bloom.
More miles than the sign says. I kissed the benchmark when I got there,
What should have been a hike turned into a snow climb for my 38th 14er! Climbed remote 14,014 ft. San Luis Peak via the Northeast Ridge today. I left home at 3:30 AM and made it to the trail head by 7 AM. I started off trail and realized that no one had been on the trail in some time because the snow on the trail was untouched, aside from moose and coyote tracks. I followed the animal tracks to treeline, at this point I was already 5 miles in but saw what was ahead of me, a lot of steep snow covering what should have been the trail. I broke trail the entire way to the summit of the mountain. It was exhausting. I made the summit just before noon and saw that large clouds were building nearby so I snapped a few photos and high-tailed it back down. I made it off the snow slope and had to hike in a snow flurry the last 2 miles. Made it back to the car around 3 PM. Round trip it took 8 hours to cover 13.5 miles up and back down 3,600 ft. I was the only soul on the mountain today. Glad to be done with this one.
#1 10-4-15 W/ the best climbing partner one could ask for. Twenty mph winds and short bursts of snow showers added stimulating color to what could have been a drab slog. Our GPS indicated a r/t mileage of 13.74.
Awesome way to end 4 days (and 4 14ers) in the San Juans. Went via Stewart Creek TH. Long dirt road wasn't that bad - about an hour's drive each way. Mellow way to end our trip. Climbed with MoapaPk (Harlan).
The last of 8 14ers in the region on a road trip. This one is a little more remote.
Stewart Creek Trail is nicely maintained for a trail that doesn't get a ton of use. Beautiful day, nice weather.
Easiest peak ever with point 13 something...
With Mat (the sport climber), Lee n Kerry.
Approximate date. Was backpacking the Colorado Trail and took a quick jaunt off the CT to the summit.
Hiked standard route from Stewart Creek (13 miles RT) - long hike but gentle terrain with great views and solitude.
Long walk but beautiful quiet day.
avy concerns, trailbreaking, effing cold... etc. no summit...
There was awesome weather in Boulder and I was working on Saturday. At one moment, I looked out, smelled the autumn air and could not resist. I took my car, bought food, put my gear in and drove to Grizzly Gulch. The beauty was breathtaking, all aspens were golden. After Handies, I drove to San Luis Trailhead and had another awesome day, didn't see human for two days.
August 25-26: San Luis Peak
School was starting the next week and work has been stressful, so we thought we would climb another 14er. This time we took aim on a much easier objective; San Luis Peak in the San Juan Mountains.
Kessler, Shaylee and I left late morning from Craig to drive to the Stewart Creek trailhead. The drive took longer than expected, so we didn’t get there until evening.
It was raining right when we started the approach. We made steady progress up the trail, especially since we didn’t take any rest in the rain. I was planning on camping somewhere near the highest beaver ponds shown on the topo map, but the trail has been recently rerouted leaving much of it near timberline to be high and dry.
Once at timberline, the creek was far below, but we weren’t worried since I could make a run down to water if needs be and there was still a lot of daylight available to backtrack if we didn’t find a campsite.
We ended up finding a nice little stream and a sheltered place in the willows well above timberline at 12,350 feet; about 100 feet above the trail and next to a lone tiny little stunted tree, about the highest little tree in the basin. The willows provided shelter and since it was a small semi-flat place in the middle of a steep slope, lightning danger would be minimal (less than in the trees around timberline). The ground was lumpy and the high altitude would make sleeping a little harder perhaps, but the views were great, the clearing skies meant that the stars would be in full view, and the sun would reach this place much sooner than it would back in the forest.
After a nice night (we could hear the wind at night, but the willows provided shelter and the wind didn’t blow the flaps of the tent much) we woke up just before sunrise. It was 34F. We took our time getting ready in the morning since it was a bit chilly and windy. We then hiked back down to the trail and started up the mountain under completely clear skies.
We made steady progress up the mountain and stopped to watch a marmot not far below the saddle. The rest of the climb went smoothly and we had the mountain to ourselves until we reached the summit at 10 am where a few other climbers had also just reached the summit from the other side.
We spent 35 minutes at the summit before heading back down. When we reached the summit of San Luis, the skies were clear, but by the time we left the summit there were some small puffy clouds. We hiked back to camp and packed up under skies that were getting cloudier as time went on.
We headed down the mountain and eventually the rain and thunder came around noon, but we were well below timberline and back in the thick forest. It rained most of the way down, but that didn’t bother us much. It was a nice little getaway.