Peak:  Humboldt Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Unknown
 Date of Info:  12/24/2011
 Date Posted:  12/24/2011

For you the group hiking this route on Dec 26th, I think you will find my broken trail immensely helpful, at least until it stops. Consider it my Xmas present to all of you.

Started at the winter road closure at 5:30am. I had snowshoes on the whole day, and did an insane amount of trail breaking up the 3.1 miles of 4-wheel drive trail to the Rainbow Trail, and then another 1.5 or 2 miles or so to about 11,800 ft. where the snow was so deep I could not continue, not to mention it was already 11:30am at this point.

The snow was not bad on the 4-wheel drive trail, but don't even think about driving it unless you have a modified Jeep with chains and a shovel to dig yourself out of trouble. When I got back to the road closure it looks as if someone tried to take their Ford Explorer up this road about a 1/4 mile before they obviously got stuck.

The snow on the rainbow trail was deep and got much deeper the further up you went. With snowshoes, I was up to my knees or thighs all day. Where I turned around was where I was sinking to my waist (pic 3 shows this depth I think).

Snowshoes are an absolute MUST on this trail. Even with them, you still may be snafu.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

Trail Breaking!
12/27/2011 01:33

WOW! I climbed Humboldt's East Ridge on Christmas and was absolutely delighted to find a nice broken trail awaited me....until it ended. I knew the snow would dwindle at treeline so I plowed forward in the waist deep powder. That was tough! I can't believe you made it as far as you did. Impressive! Thanks for your effort!

I ran into the group headed that was going to camp Christmas night for a Dec 26th ascent. They were glad to hear the trail was broken all the way to the summit. Can't wait to hear how their trip went. Mine took me all day. Left at dawn and finished at dusk, 10hrs later.

Thanks again for breaking that trail!

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