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 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.
Stats:
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 (10)
Matt


That rating should definitely be a five.     2011-02-04 17:22:13
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?


KirkT


Excellent...     2007-06-26 01:51:13
trip report again as usual. By the way, when are we going to see your ugly mug on a summit shot???


KeithK


Very nice     2010-11-30 10:28:37
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...


mtgirl


Nice TR !     2007-06-26 07:55:54
Good job on the trip report. I might hit up San Luis on Friday. It was nice meeting you on Culebra !


roozers42


Nice!     2010-11-30 10:28:37
I'm looking forward to seeing that area. I'm pretty sure that's an iris in the first picture...


maverick_manley


Thanks Guys...     2010-11-30 10:28:37
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


BillMiddlebrook


Moose     2007-06-26 10:53:48
I saw a bull up there last week although it was dark and all I got was this picture...


Yog


I'm jealous!     2008-08-27 18:37:26
That Columbine shot is outstanding! I need some flower-power-photographing lessons! Cool report


Oman


Fun day     2010-11-30 10:28:37
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!


doumall


Nice Report     2007-06-26 22:07:40
Dude, you ready to get some this weekend Thats definitely an Iris



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