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Last winter, I camped at the base of San Luis, climbed it, and then went over Baldy Alto to get Stewart. Reversed for return. Original TH (B4 camp-out) was
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Nothing particularly difficult about it, as I recall. It goes 2, with the hardest part going down the gully.
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The whole thing is nothing more than class 2+. Very easy rolling, grassy slopes. I hiked it from the north from the Cebolla Trailhead.
It was a LONG drive to get there but the trailhead starts out fairly high to begin with, just under treeline actually.
It's almost a straight shot south to Stewart across class-1 and class 2 terrain.
We had planned on taking the ridge all the way south to San Luis but I developed a nasty migraine on Baldy Alto.
Instead, we descended into Stewart Creek via that gully Matt referred to. It was REALLY wide. Easy descent.
Made a clearing in the grass & slept under some trees for pseudo-shelter that night and changed our plans the next morning as you'll see from the attachment.
No probs with that ridge. The ridge was of course the plan, but considering how beautiful things transpired the next day, I'm rather glad
things DID change. Cochetopa Creek and Bondholder Creek still rank as some of the most prisitine, beautiful places I've seen in Colorado.
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