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 Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
 Post Date:  06/04/2006
 Date Climbed:   06/03/2006
 Posted By:  swturner

 San Luis from Stewart Creek   

Approached the Stewart Creek Trailhead from the east (CO114) and road was completely clear. Trail is well-worn and easy to follow. Below treeline there are a few patches of snow, nothing significant. You can easly trample right through them or around them, depending on your preference. However, that changes once you get out of the trees. There are several snowfields between the treeline and the saddle between Organ Mountain and the northeast ridge. They were iced over in the morning and posed no problem. That changed on the way back down. They had definitey softed up. Two of the snowfields cover the trail completely. You can pick your way around them though. Here is a pic of one the snowfields. Image The snowfields above that are easier to deal with. You can climb up and avoid them completely or pick and area where the field is not so wide. You can usually find an area that is less than 25 feet to cross. Here is a pic of the approach to the saddle. If you look at Bill‘s trip report photo #4 you will see the same shot with the route arrow and no snow. Image Once you get to the saddle the path is pretty clear. This photo shows the approach to the summit. Again, you can compare this pic to Bill‘s trip photo #7 to see the route arrow and no snow. Image You have to cross a couple of small areas of snow. There is no snow on the backside of the ridge. I would guess what snow is left will be gone within a couple of weeks.


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