|2016-12-19||Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-19, By: Tim A
Info: Peak in full winter conditions a few days before the calendar says so. From lower TH to about 2 miles up the road there was a vehicle track which allowed for passage bare-boot. Eventually this ran out and snow shoes were required the reminder of the way to the Rainbow Trail. After camping at the rainbow TH, myself and two buddies put in a sold trench to about 10,700 before turning around. The powder is deep all along the route and when the ridge steepens at 10,400 the going gets real slow and exhausting. We're all pretty fit but even taking turns we only made 1000' in 3 hours in the deep pow. Started at 8am so it would be warmer and light (that ridge would be hard to find in the dark, even with GPS), made it 2 miles and 1000' up, turned around at 1115 when we realized a summit wasn't in play for the day. The trench we put in is solid and open for poaching.
|2016-12-03||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-12-04, By: graberz
Info: 4x4 low with chains to upper trail head see TH report. We broke 1-2 feet of snow for most of the trail. We lost trail and 2 of the group elected to go directly up a south gulley and ended up making the summit. They reported really loose scree with some class 3 scrambling. The rest of us bushwhacked across mountain side towards upper south colony lake. By the time we found the route up towards the west ridge we ran out of time, found an easier trail and made our way back to our original trench. There is now a decent trench from TH to the upper lake that mostly follows the real trail with some bushwhacking. There is 2-3 feet of snow up there in most places. Beautiful day none the less.
|2016-11-19||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-19, By: RockCaCO3
Info: Road between TH and SCL has many large ice patches on it. Snow on trail between SCL and saddle, but didnt need spikes or gaiters. Less snow on trail from saddle to summit.
|2016-11-12||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-11-14, By: mountainrachel
Info: Several icy spots on the road past the upper trail head, mostly avoidable on either side. Small amount of snow on the trail once on the ridge when it runs on the north side of the ridge, but avoidable and no traction used/needed. Trail completely dry otherwise.
|2016-10-29||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-30, By: Dean82
Info: Super dry
|2016-10-22||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-22, By: miniarmstrong
Info: No snow at all. Summer conditions but windy as all get out. Also, my Camry made it to the upper trailhead due to laziness/stubbornness. It was not damaged, but that doesn't mean it was a smart decision.
|2016-10-09||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-10, By: kayleenann8
Info: Small patches of snow on the trail above the saddle but entirely avoidable. No one in my group used traction.
|2016-10-09||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-10, By: jnzaro
Info: Dry with very few snow patches not exceeding a couple feet here and there, no traction needed. Clouds rolled in throughout the afternoon but not sure they left anything behind.
|2016-10-07||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-10-07, By: madadraw1
Info: Cold in the AM. Probably 20s on summit at 9:30AM. But, all sunshine and we were pretty much only ones on the mountain today. Occasional snow / ice patches on the trail. Didn't feel the need to use traction.
|2016-09-29||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-30, By: Sirboofsalot
Info: The route up was completely snow free on the trail, saw a tiny bit of snow off trail. Started at 6:45 am, temps were in lower thirties, warmed up as I got closer to the shoulder. Once on the shoulder the wind felt quite cold, I would say thirties at 10 am. I was booking it, but I took the gully route and got back to the car at the upper 4wd colonies trailhead at 11:45, once back in the valley temps were very comfortable, shorts and tee shirt weather.
|2016-09-25||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-25, By: JQDivide
Info: Recent snow left several patches on the trail, but no traction was needed. Most of the spots were only two or three steps across. Cool Fall temps left a few icy patches here and there, but be on the look out for wet areas in the early hours, might have some ice. There was frost on the rock on the upper West Ridge before the sun melted, guessing that might be the norm for the Fall. A few muddy spots with snow melt and normal run off. It other words, normal Fall conditions. Also, both lakes had a thin layer of ice in the early hours, but the sun melted them before we got back down.
|2016-09-08||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-09, By: Fort14er
Info: Weather was perfect. Not a cloud in the sky. Little to no wind throughout the day as well. Ended the day in a short sleeve shirt and shorts it was so warm. Great day on the mountain!
|2016-09-04||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-09-04, By: ericwolf88
Info: Attempted Humboldt today but only made it to about 11,200 due to high winds. Wind was howling at 11k beneath treeline and could only imagine what it would have been on the exposed ridge up top. I passed a couple hikers who said they made it to 12,800 and turned around due to 50-60mph winds that were almost knocking them over. This is all not to mention that there were dark clouds and rain out there to the point that you couldn't even see the Crestones. Just not a great day to be out there with the actual weather worse than what was listed in the forecast. The lower trail was in good condition, however, as was the 4wd drive road to get up (made it in a Tiguan no problem). No parking spaces at the upper trailhead at 7:00 a.m. so had to park about a half mile back.
|2016-08-28||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-28, By: Bombay2Boulder
Info: The route is clear from the recent storm, any snow on the trail is negligible and can be avoided/walked over.
|2016-08-15||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-17, By: Rambler
Info: 4 hr hike in to camp at south colony lakes with overnight packs. Literally drive from Olathe KS overnight straight to TH. Did Needle the previous day and was taking my buddy up his first one. Left camp at 0630 under headlamp to easy trail. Continued up and across the coined "longest switchback from hell" to saddle by 0730. Topped out at 0900. Back to camp, packed out, and on our way to a burger by 1400. Saw lots of sheep on route. Pretty good first timer route
|2016-08-04||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-08-08, By: martindpatino
Info: Mosquitos Mosquitos Mosquitos!!!! once we got to the lakes we got swarmed by mosquitos. I had read that they were only bad in the evening and if this is true we might have been killed by the swarms if we were there in the evening. The trail conditions are good and easy to navigate, no issues there. The high clearance road up to the trailhead is a little ruff but very manageable. The weather was wet and overcast and the forecast was storms early so we turned around and did not make summit. but my wife and I still enjoyed the trip a lot.
|2016-07-25||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-26, By: shizupple
Info: Our group packed in Sunday and did Humboldt Monday. The whole way is 100% free of snow. I'm just writing this report to echo what everyone else has been saying about the mosquitoes because I didn't think they'd be as bad as they were. I'm from Illinois and I thought I knew what bad mosquitoes were like... Camping was kind of a nightmare with all of them out. They did go away at nighttime, but you better be up early to avoid them in the morning. We saw several people with bug net masks/jackets - definitely a smart idea!! I'd recommend taking a bath in deet or prepare to be eaten alive.
|2016-07-18||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-21, By: lukedog
Info: My group climbed the Needle, the Peak and Humboldt on Sunday and Monday. Humboldt and the Needle were basically totally snow free. There were a few small snow fields on Broken Hand Pass, but you could get away without any snow gear. We were happy to have ice axe and microspikes in the Red Gully for a larger snow field near the top. Biggest news for us was the mosquitoes. Camping was flat out miserable. We really enjoyed the peaks and bugs were mostly absent up high, but all of the camping areas, areas near the lakes and anyplace low at all was inundated with mosquitoes.
|2016-07-10||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-12, By: Wolfman_CO
Info: Saw a thread post about the topic so figured I'd just make a report. Trail is dry from the lakes all the way up. The 4x4 road has the occasional wet spot but far from mud or muck. The bugs were out and take my experience with a grain of salt because I've spent summers in northern Alaska but I didn't think the mosquitoes were bad and they only really appeared above treeline. The state of the camping areas around S. Colony Lakes is sorry, saw lots of human waste among the willows, not far from the main trail and other established campsites. Make sure to treat water. Bummer to see
|2016-07-07||Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2016-07-08, By: TallGrass
Info: Many spots along the trail to Humboldt between the lakes and the old 4x4 road are muddy, underwater, or muck. Mosquitos the whole way from parking until above the lake, and still some up high if not enough wind. Saw no snow on Humboldt coming in from Columbia Pt. and out SCL.