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Sep 08 2017
toddak
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55 male
 Joined Nov 15 2005
 Puhoynix, AZ
San Luis PeakSan Luis Valley, CO
San Luis Valley, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2017
toddak
Hiking16.50 Miles 4,000 AEG
Hiking16.50 Miles   8 Hrs   30 Mns   1.94 mph
4,000 ft AEG
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Hiked up Stewart Creek to the summit then back down Cochetopa Creek on the CT/CDT for a nice loop. No beaver sightings, but saw a couple moose (how can something so huge vanish into the forest so easily?). Loooong drive in to Eddiesville but the road is good, with two shallow creek crossings.
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Jul 22 2016
DallinW
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28 male
 Joined Feb 26 2015
 Gilbert AZ
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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Sep 24 2013
Jim_H
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41 male
 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
San Luis PeakSan Luis Valley, CO
San Luis Valley, CO
Hiking avatar Sep 24 2013
Jim_H
Hiking13.00 Miles 3,800 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   6 Hrs   15 Mns   2.08 mph
3,800 ft AEG
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A bit stiff after "sleeping" on the cold ground with a low of 21 degrees, and the snow and mud made hiking quite hard at altitude. It was a very pleasant day, and excellent winter views made distant peaks like Uncomphagre, the Grenadiers, the Sawatch, the Crestones and Blanca Massif, all very nice to see. First time in snow in almost a year. Didn't miss it, but it was 90 a couple of weeks ago. Very nice area, and a moose was spotted. The hike felt like an early December hike on Humphrey, and not an early Fall hike in Colorado, but I suspect last year's warm, dry, sunny weather might have been rare.

I had wanted to hike this for some time, both because I liked the look of it, it reminds me of "home", there is bristlecone there, and I got to use my car to get to it. It was necessary on the muddy drive in. Helped leaving, too. I was happy that I didn't have problems at altitude, as I live lower now than I have in the previous 6 years, but I did not have the strength I used to have up high. It could have been from the cold, the snow, or just being stiff from camping.

Being in snow was fun, but also not. Knee deep with summer pants, summer shoes, but I had wool socks. Makes me question if I really want to do a peak, Humphrey or any other, in winter. Maybe I'll get used to it, but I tend to forget the hardship and remember the beauty of a winter summit. Cold air, slippery snow and the challenge of it are better experienced when training in it. Today was fun, but in January on another mountain? I don't know.
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Sep 23 2013
Jim_H
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 Joined Sep 08 2006
 University, AZ
Stewart Creek, CO 
Stewart Creek, CO
 
Hiking avatar Sep 23 2013
Jim_H
Hiking5.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.00 mph
600 ft AEG
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Got to the trailhead and despite the cold wind, I opted to go for a short hike. I went up to the creek crossing, and turned back from there. This first few miles is the most level of the San Luis Peak Hike. It felt more like January, than September. Got back and set up camp, and remembered that I don't really like camping, especially in the cold. It was cold!

water 1 out of 5water 2 out of 5water 3 out of 5water 4 out of 5 Stewart Creek Heavy flow Heavy flow
Lots of beaver dams and huts. Tons of water, but you'll want to filter.
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average hiking speed 2.1 mph

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