Peak:  San Luis Peak (14er)
 Route:  South Ridge from West Willow Creek
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  mjohnson1960
 Date of Info:  08/11/2011
 Date Posted:  08/15/2011

While on the South Ridge at about 13,000 ft last Thursday (8/11/11) I ran in to a 3-woman U.S. Forest Service work crew. They told me that the USFS will be closing a portion of this route due to growing erosion resulting from a combination of steep slopes, loose scree and initiation of multiple trails. Didn't get too many details but as they described it the new route will basically detour around to the east of the existing steep section at the bottom third(?) or so of the ridge. The new section will switchback down from the 12,600-ft saddle at the base of the South Ridge, contour across the east face of San Luis, and switchback up to rejoin the traditional South Ridge route. They claimed the new route, which has been surveyed and staked, would be "easier" than the original, but seems likely to add a few more tenths of a mile and some vertical to the route. That's all the info I got - sorry, don't know when the closure will go down, but at this point seems unlikely to happen until next summer.

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