Peak:  Humboldt Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  zdero1
 Date of Info:  04/28/2013
 Date Posted:  04/30/2013

I was able to drive my Forester to about 1.3 miles short of the Rainbow TH. Snowshoes are an absolute must have at this point when descending from treeline. We postholed from treeline at 11,600 all the way down to 9,800', adding a few hours to our trip. Above treeline, the snow is fairly scarce, making the route more of a Class 2+ difficulty for the final 400' or so of vertical gain.

Please feel free to PM me with any questions. I'd be happy to help.


Photos (click for slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions

04/30/2013 07:01
1: Ascending through the forest, approximately 10,700'
2. Snow conditions on the steep hill after leaving treeline
3. The summit pitch
4. Postholing around 10,200'


What did you think?
05/01/2013 02:00
Did you enjoy our route finding? It sure was interesting going up on Saturday Morning. It looks from your pics that it dried out a bit Saturday afternoon.


Yes :)
05/01/2013 04:59
Were you responsible for those wonderful snowshoe tracks? If so, your tracks were pretty spot on with the GPS route I loaded into my Garmin. We went probably 100' too far down the creek trail but a quick backtrack had us back on route and the remainder was a breeze. Speth and I created an extensive postholing path from the TH to treeline. Get it while it's good!


05/03/2013 13:57
Yea that was us... but my stupid Garmin wouldn't work!?? I just was following the Nat Geo Map and memory of the route description. Glad to know that my Eagle scout skills are still working more than a decade later.

That turn off from the Rainbow trail definitely gave us pause.

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