Peak:  Humboldt Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  minnow_30
 Date of Info:  10/19/2013
 Date Posted:  10/22/2013

We went up Humboldt on the East Ridge there was between 6" and 1ft of snow up until tree line. From tree line to the summit there was no more than 6" on wind loaded areas. Micro Spikes and Ice Axe were very useful the whole time. We then decided to go down the West Ridge to get a better look at the Creston’s for a future trip. This is where we would have really liked to have snow shoes or skins. From the Saddle below the summit of Humboldt all the way to the S. Colony Lakes Trailhead there was 1ft to 2.5ft drifts. The main trail was very hard to find because most of the time it was under at least 1ft of snow. I would say that S. Colony lakes Trail is definitely in winter conditions.

 Comments or Questions

trail junction status?
10/24/2013 04:32
Thanks for the intel. I want to attempt it this week before the next storm; can a 4x4 make it to the Rainbow trail junction?


trail junction status?
10/24/2013 13:22
Yes a 4x4 should be able to make it. We made it in a Jeep Cherokee on 10/19 with 4” of snow on the road. There is one slightly tricky rock that you have to navigate over/around, but it wasnt a big problem. Also since it has been so warm and sunny this whole week i would be surprised if you have snow covering the whole road like i did, maybe some small patches. Have a great time its an amazing Peak!


rainbow trailhead
10/24/2013 15:33
great, thanks!!

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