Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Post Date:  06/25/2007
Date Climbed:   06/24/2007
Posted By:  maverick_manley

 San Luis from Stewart CK TH   

Mountains: Mt. San Luis (14,019')
Route: Started at the Stewart Creek (10,500') TH and climbed the NE Ridge to summit.
Elevation Gain - 3600' (approx)
Roundtrip Mileage – 13 miles (approx)
Time to summit - 3:40, Descent - 1:30

It was a great day on Culebra and I was pretty glad to have met so many of you folks. Mark (Oman), Greg (gdthomas) and I stopped for lunch at one of the restaurants in town after the hike. We agreed that the Medium rare steak tasted like a poorly maintained mouse pad. After the meal Mark (Oman) and I decided to head over to Stewart Creek and check San Luis off of our lists. After a seemingly endless drive, (approximately 45 of those miles over dirt) we reached the trailhead at about 6PM. The dirt road is very well maintained and most 2WD passenger cars should be able to make it. We shared a huge campfire with a couple other climbers, drank some of their beer (thanks guys… if you ever read this report) and hit the hay with plans for an early start.

We were on the trail by 5:05AM hoping for some Moose sightings… we weren't lucky enough, but we did see a bunch of beaver dams and our first Columbines of the season…

The trail is totally free of snow and no one should need snowshoes or axe or any snow gear of any sort. The creek crossings were rather straight forward and there were solid log bridges across them.

Here's a look at the saddle and the trail going up it.

Here's looking down at Stewart Creek from close to the saddle

From the saddle you get your first good view of the summit

Mark makes his way up to the saddle…

We started up the ridge to summit and found terrain very unlike what either of us had seen on any of Colorado's other mountains… a sand dune for giants.

The hike from the saddle is relatively easy and does not take much time. It took approximately 50 minutes from saddle to summit. Here's a shot of the entire route from the summit…

Uncompahgre looked majestic across the valley

We stayed on summit for quite a while and started back down at around 9:45AM. There was one good long glissade from the saddle which Mark was able to use on his way down while I trail-ran sections of the trail and was back at the trailhead at 11:15AM, enough time for a short nap before the long drive back home. Another great day in the mountains. What more could one ask for?


  • Comments or Questions

That rating should definitely be a five.     02/05/2011 00:22
I clicked on the wrong spot...
Your photos do a solid job of capturing the look and feel of that hike.
FWIW, I didn't see a moose, either.
What's that thing in the top right corner of the first photo?


Excellent...     06/26/2007 07:51
trip report again as usual. By the way, when are we going to see your ugly mug on a summit shot???


Very nice     11/30/2010 17:28
Great report. I'm looking forward to this hike later in July.

BTW... del_sur, you can change your rating by logging in again and you'll see an option there...


Nice TR !     06/26/2007 13:55
Good job on the trip report. I might hit up San Luis on Friday. It was nice meeting you on Culebra !


Nice!     11/30/2010 17:28
I'm looking forward to seeing that area. I'm pretty sure that's an iris in the first picture...


Thanks Guys...     11/30/2010 17:28
del_sur: don't worry 'bout the vote. That's my camera strap in the first pic.

Kirk: Figured I'd rather not set myself up for failure by posting my mug on each report

KeithK / Mtgirl: It's a pretty cool mountain. You guys will like it

roozers: - I'm pretty ignorant as far as flowers are concerned... thanks for catching that


Moose     06/26/2007 16:53
I saw a bull up there last week although it was dark and all I got was this picture...


I'm jealous!     08/28/2008 00:37
That Columbine shot is outstanding! I need some flower-power-photographing lessons! Cool report


Fun day     11/30/2010 17:28
Hey Prakash:
Great day on a fun peak. Can't remember the last time I laughed so hard around a campfire. Might be time for you to put up that shot of you imitating a marmot on the summit, though. Thanks!


Nice Report     06/27/2007 04:07
Dude, you ready to get some this weekend Thats definitely an Iris

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