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 Peak:  Humboldt Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  mcormier
 Date of Information:  03/10/2012
 Date Posted:  03/11/2012

It's 2.25 miles from the winter closure to the Rainbow TH. Early in the morning, esp. if you don't weigh too much, you can do this part without snowshoes. From the TH to treeline, though, it's a different story. Snowshoes are definitely required. The trench is pretty solid and well-defined but if you go off of it you're looking at 3-4 feet of soft snow. The one portion where snowshoes are just a pain is walking up from the creek to the ridge (lots of bare ground, some snow patches). Above treeline, the snowshoes can be cached. Microspikes are useful, especially on some parts of the final 500 vertical feet to the summit. It's a long hike, with 5600' of elevation gain. I tend to consume a little more water than most, but I took 5 liters with me and had half a liter left at the end of the day. Trekking poles are a definite asset, especially on some of the steeper pitches in the trees.

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  • Comments or Questions

nice pictures!     2012-03-11 10:02:00
And thanks for posting this conditions report - I'm planning on heading there next weekend for round weathered off a few weekends ago.


Nice     2012-03-11 11:02:01
Awesome! I am glad you made it.


Thanks     2012-09-28 15:03:32
Thanks, mainiac24. It was a great day, with great weather. I don't know that I would have made it without your reestablishment of the snowshoe trail last weekend - thanks!


.     2012-03-12 09:14:38
Thanks for the conditions update. I guess the Sangres haven't been getting as much snow as I'd thought.

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