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San Luis Peak Trail, CO
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San Luis Peak Trail, CO 
San Luis Peak Trail, CO
 
Hiking avatar Jul 22 2016
DallinW
Hiking2.82 Miles 1,395 AEG
Hiking2.82 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.38 mph
1,395 ft AEG      32 Mns Break
 
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This one is a gimme if you're doing the Colorado Trail. Given how hard the THs for this peak are to access, it would be a shame NOT to do it if you're already on the CT.

We woke up at 5am about 7.5 miles away from the saddle at around 10,300ft. Because the daily mountain monsoon thunderstorms had started, we quickly headed for the saddle of San Luis where the CT and San Luis Peak Trail intersect. We started with blue bird skies but we knew they wouldn't last for long.

After hitting the saddle at about 12,600ft, we dropped the packs, ate some snacks, grabbed the essentials (water and camera), and made for the summit.


We made it up in 40 mins, not a particularly hard 14er. The hardest part was carrying our packs to the saddle.

The views on top are expansive. Crested Butte area to the north, Colliegate Peaks to the northwest, Saguache Park to the west, and the San Juans in ever other direction.

We could see most of the sections of the CT we've been working through. Colliegate West all the way to where we were, and beyond to where we are going next in the San Juans.

The blue bird skies changed to dark clouds as we took a break on the summit. Hail on the way down, thunder/lightning by the time we reached the saddle/CT again, all before noon.

From there we put in another 10 miles on the CT with another ~2,500ft of AEG, while dodging thunderstorms on the ridgelines and passes.

Honestly, bagging this peak was probably the easiest part of our day. Just do it if you ever get the chance.

In Lake City now, less than 130 miles of CT left.
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