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Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:26 pm

Fairly popular in winter, I've finally added the East Ridge route to the 14ers.com online guidebook...

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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby Johnson » Fri Mar 19, 2010 12:53 pm

I've been wanting to do this all winter and now winter is almost gone! Don't think I'll get there in the next few hours but still would like to get it before summer conditions. Thanks for adding this. It's nice to have the official stats.
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby huffy13 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:21 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Fairly popular in winter, I've finally added the East Ridge route to the 14ers.com online guidebook...

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As you said, this is the most popular winter route for Humboldt, is it a good Summer/Fall route or is the the west ridge better? I am curious as to everyone's opinions as to which route has better scenery during the hike, easier access to the TH and whatnot....thanks for any input on this!
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby rijaca » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:38 pm

huffy13 wrote:
BillMiddlebrook wrote:Fairly popular in winter, I've finally added the East Ridge route to the 14ers.com online guidebook...

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As you said, this is the most popular winter route for Humboldt, is it a good Summer/Fall route or is the the west ridge better? I am curious as to everyone's opinions as to which route has better scenery during the hike, easier access to the TH and whatnot....thanks for any input on this!


Unless you're comfortable with trail-less hiking/climbing, stick to the west ridge route. The west ridge route will have better views also (you get to stare at the Crestones the entire route)
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby globreal » Fri Mar 19, 2010 1:47 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:Fairly popular in winter, I've finally added the East Ridge route to the 14ers.com online guidebook...

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Another nice addition to 14ers.com. I am sure it will benefit many.
Thanks Bill for all you do!
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby huffy13 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:05 pm

Thanks rijaca,
That's what I wanted to know. One of the main reasons I enjoy these hikes is the views I get to take in. Thanks again.
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby globreal » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:23 pm

huffy13 wrote:
BillMiddlebrook wrote:Fairly popular in winter, I've finally added the East Ridge route to the 14ers.com online guidebook...

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As you said, this is the most popular winter route for Humboldt, is it a good Summer/Fall route or is the the west ridge better? I am curious as to everyone's opinions as to which route has better scenery during the hike, easier access to the TH and whatnot....thanks for any input on this!



Easier access to the TH?

With the new road closure that has gone into effect on the 120 road, you can now no longer drive to the end of the former "4WD TH." In summer/fall when you can drive up this road, the east ridge/Rainbow Trail route is going to be about a 4 mile shorter hike than the west ridge.

However, the scenery in the south colony lakes basin will be worth the extra miles. IMO.
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:27 pm

I've only done the east ridge with snow-cover but it's my understanding that there's no trail once you leave the Rainbow trail. And, as others have said, the views during the climb of the standard route are much better.
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby huffy13 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:30 pm

Thanks globreal, I don't mind the extra mileage at all. As a matter of fact, I enjoy extra mileage as long as the weather is holding out. I have been keeping tabs on the closure for the South Colony Lakes road and I don't think getting to it would necessarily be a big problem, I just was curious from other folk's experience which is better. So far the west ridge looks like the winner....thanks again!
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby huffy13 » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:32 pm

BillMiddlebrook wrote:I've only done the east ridge with snow-cover but it's my understanding that there's no trail once you leave the Rainbow trail. And, as others have said, the views during the climb of the standard route are much better.


Thanks Bill, it does sound like the concensus on this will be that the standard trail is going to be better overall as well as easier to follow. Thanks for including it on the routes page though, along with all your work on this great site!
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby rijaca » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:41 pm

Bill, a suggestion for route pages for the east ridge route: Add something to the effect that the route is trail-less, and unless comfortable with off trail hiking below treeline, it would be best to stick to the west ridge route (and standard trail).

No doubt that someone will compare mileage of the routes and decide to do the east ridge route because it's shorter, and then end up lost in the trees because there's no trail.
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Re: Humboldt East Ridge route added

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Fri Mar 19, 2010 2:42 pm

rijaca wrote:Bill, a suggestion for route pages for the east ridge route: Add something to the effect that the route is trail-less, and unless comfortable with off trail hiking below treeline, it would be best to stick to the west ridge route (and standard trail).

No doubt that someone will compare mileage of the routes and decide to do the east ridge route because it's shorter, and then end up lost in the trees because there's no trail.

Excellent point! I'll add something when I get home.

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