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 Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
 Post Date:  06/24/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/21/2009
 Posted By:  Pappy

 San Luis via Stewart Creek - didn‘t feel like summer!   

Peak: San Luis

Date climbed: 6-21-09

Trailhead: Stewart Creek

Elevation Gained: 3,564 feet

Total Mileage: 12 miles

Trip Summary:

6-20-09: Jake and I arrived at Stewart Creek and found a place along the road to camp just before the trailhead. This trip was unique in that we arrived before dark and well before midnight. The road in was void of snow and in good shape.

6-21-09: We set out for San Luis via Stewart Creek at 5:15am. By this time there was already enough light to see without a headlamp. As we hiked up the valley many of the beaver ponds were active with their creators. The occasional slap on the water from there tails kept you tuned into their presence.

Sunrise in Stewart Creek.

The trail to treeline was void of snow with about 13 or so large trees blocking the trail here and there.

First view of the saddle.

View south at tree-line.

Saddle and false summit of San Luis in the clouds.

Looking down the Stewart Creek drainage from saddle (13,107 feet).

View towards Baldy Alto (3,698 feet) from saddle.

There were only a couple of small snow fields remaining from treeline to the saddle at 13,107 feet. Crossing these snow patches was not a problem on the ascent as they were still froze early in the morning.

View from saddle to San Luis summit

View into the Cochepota drainage from the saddle.

From the saddle to the summit there were only a couple of small snow patches. From the trailhead to summit there was no need for crampons, mt axe, or snowshoes. Trailhead to summit took about 2.5 hours.

If you look really close you can see me on the summit.

Just below the summit the tundra plants had accumulated some spectacular ice crystals from wind blowing over the ridge.

View from summit down on the NE ridge.

Summit view south.

Summit shot of Jake and I.
The summit was rather windy and cold, but we enjoyed the vista for a little over an hour before heading back down. It sure didn't feel like the first day of summer. Since it was father's day I gave my dad a call from the summit. He was enjoying his fishing vacation in Minnesota.

An crafty picture of the wood grain of one of the trees at tree-line.

A photo journal of San Luis would not be complete without a shot of one of many beaver ponds.

Wildness sign at the trailhead looking up the Stewart Creek drainage.

All and all it was quite an enjoyable hike. Now off to Wetterhorn and Matterhorn.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

  • Comments or Questions

Beautiful ...     2009-06-24 14:17:29
You‘ve got some nice photography there, pappy. Thanks for posting. Happy trails!

James Scott

Wow     2009-06-25 14:57:33
Beautiful pictures- it may have been cold, but it looks like you had a beautiful day.

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