Buying Gear?  Click Here
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
 Post Date:  10/10/2012
 Date Climbed:   10/06/2012
 Posted By:  DaveSwink

 A pleasant fall walk to San Luis Peak   

Although my thoughts have been turning to winter, the beautiful fall weather offered a chance to explore another 14er without resorting to snowshoes/skis yet, so I recruited mattb528 to hike/run San Luis Peak in the San Juans.

Image
Matt


We spent the night at Gunnison and set out for the trailhead on Saturday morning. The drive from Gunnison was surprisingly long but mostly on good dirt roads that can be navigated by any 2WD with careful driving. Our hike began up the scenic Stewart Creek drainage.

Image
San Luis trailhead


The trail gently inclined beside Stewart Creek, which was dammed by a series of scenic beaver dams.

Image
Stewart Creek beaver dam


Image
Beaver dam


Eventually, the trail crossed Stewart Creek, with some early season ice showing in shaded areas.

Image
Icy Stewart Creek


Image
Icicles


After a few miles of easy hiking, we saw the slope to mount the ridge to the summit. The switchback trail which ascends the left slope in the picture, was the only steep hiking in the day. There was a bit of snow on the trail but it was easily navigated without extra traction.

Image
Slope to the summit ridge


Image
Dave headed up the trail


The summit (on the left) and the rest of the route was displayed after we topped the slope. We met another 14er climber, AlabamaTLC on his way down. We would be chatting with him later back at the trailhead. (nice to meet you!)

Image
Summit ridge


The remainder of the hike went quickly, with a pause to cover up from the increasing winds. The summit was sheltered from the wind and provided us with great views including Uncompahgre & Wetterhorn in the distance. The survey marker on San Luis is on a loose block that resembles a concrete cinder block. That was a new sight for me.

Image
Summit block


Image
Uncompahgre & Wetterhorn


We enjoyed an easy trail run on the gentle descent.

Image
Matt showing some crazy trail running speed


After another tour of the many beaver dams, we chatted up AlabamaTLC and then retired to Gunnison for dinner. What a great hike to wrap up the fall!

Image
More beaver dams



Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
DaveSwink


Thanks!     2013-01-24 10:58:01
The weather was awesome. A bit of wind on the ridge, but otherwise we just could not have asked for more. Thanks for the comment!


Dave_W


Just in time!     2012-10-10 18:26:38
Awesome, I will be down in the area this weekend was thinking about SL but was about to change plans...now its bak on the agenda!


DaveSwink


Have a good time     2013-01-24 10:58:01
Glad the TR was helpful. San Luis was very enjoyable for us, I hope your hike is fun too.


USAKeller



Nice job!     2012-10-11 06:32:16
Great TR and photos!


DaveSwink


Thank you     2013-01-24 10:58:01
Appreciate you looking!


Ridge runner


Beaver dams     2012-10-11 08:50:53
Some of the beaver dams out there are quite the engineering feat. I remember seeing some along Cochetopa Creek that were terraced and being so fascinated by them. Great report and pictures!


FireOnTheMountain


SWINKY!     2012-10-11 09:28:57
This exact run was on my bucket list all summer!!

Glad you were able to get it unlike me! Good training for Pikes eh?


DaveSwink


Trail running     2013-01-24 10:58:01
Thanks Caroline, and ridge runner!

Firey Bear, the trail up San Luis was a fun, mild incline for running (better with a lighter pack). You gotta try a run with Matt. He was killin' me, but the scenery allowed me to ignore him and enjoy myself.


AlabamaTLC


Enjoyed chatting with you and Matt...     2012-10-11 20:42:56
Dave, nice job on the trip report and great pictures. If it had not been for that wind, the day would have been perfect!! Regardless, the 5 of us that were out there that day enjoyed every last second. Thanks for the mention within the report. It was very kind of you. I still cannot believe how FAST you and Matt got up to the summit, from the top of the slope/first saddle, and down to the trailhead, arriving only 10 minutes behind me. I should have taken a picture of you and Matt at the trailhead, upon your return...what a sight. Again, nice job and I hope to run across you and Matt again.


mattb528


Great trip report!     2012-10-11 21:36:22
Awesome day, awesome mountain!


Grant 22000

One of the Five     2012-10-12 14:01:54
I was the guy in orange coat with gold and black dogs (Grace and Molly). Met you just above timberline; I was with MichaelJ. Thanks for sharing the good pics.


DaveSwink


Dogs!     2013-01-24 10:58:01
Grant, it was a pleasure running into you and meeting your well-behaved, sweet dogs. What a great day in the mountains we shared!



   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.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.