14ers.com Shirts!
Your purchase of a synthetic or cotton shirt helps support 14ers.com. Thank you!

Other ways to help...
Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Post Date:  08/15/2011
Date Climbed:   08/13/2011
Posted By:  gouldst


 Backpacking to San Luis   

It was time for our annual hike with Corky and Cameron, so we decided to make an overnight backpacking trip to the Willow Creek route of San Luis with the boys. We drove from Colo Spgs to Creede on Friday, made it to the trailhead about 12:00. I'll comment on the trailhead separately. We headed up the trail to the first saddle - pretty steep, especially with a pack, but the view of San Luis from the saddle was worth it. Then it was down to the Colorado Trail and through the forest almost to the other side where we found a good campsite. Set up camp, had a good dinner and hit the bags early.

Up the next morning at 5:30 and hit the trail about 7. The route around the basin was easy and the last uphill bit to the saddle was not bad at all. The second basin was similar - the path essentially looped around the basin with little change in altitude until we approached the next saddle that led up to the south ridge of San Luis. After a quick stop to repair an incipient blister, we started up the ridge toward the summit. The next pitch was probably the toughest part of the hike. The trail up was distinct, but not very good in terms of switchbacks, so it was a difficult walk. Once to the top of that, the only rough part was a couple false summits! We made the real summit about 9:30. The boys (both 10) got a lot of pats on the back for getting up there at a young age - that is, until a six year old arrived a few minutes later! Way to go, Claire!

After the pics, we headed back down. The steep parts were pretty hard going down. We got back to the campsite, broke camp, and headed out, making it back to the trailhead by about 2:30. I haven't done Stewart Creek, but this was a good route. The basins are beautiful (in spite of a lot of beetle kill), and it seemed like the route to the trailhead was easier than the route to Stewart Creek.

 


  • Comments or Questions
Corky


Near Perfect Hike     08/16/2011 14:44
Great weather and a great place to spend a fatherson weekend. Cameron and I are looking forward to the next one.

-Corky



   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2015 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.