San Luis Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-04-11, By: aksean22
Info: Started from the 503/504 road junction. There is continuous snow up the rest of the road to the saddle at 12,400'. We ascended via the South Ridge and skied down the Yawner Gullies. Flotation is required when things warm up in the afternoon. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-03-01, By: climbingcue
Info: The road was blocked 6.3 miles from the summer 2wd parking area near the mine. Going to be a super long day if you have to start from there. Hope that will help someone out. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-12-23, By: druid2112
Info: So, yeah, more snow that I was hoping to find. On the slope up from the summer TH to the pass where you first see San Luis and get to look down into the basin, I was in 12+ inches of powder. In any of the willows I encountered, it was twice that. Once I got an initial look at San Luis (first pic), or more accurately, the ridges, I was encouraged. Then I saw the basin in front of me and was not psyched. In the second pic you see the slope leading down to the basin. I gave it a little exploration and discovered a very hard layer of snow with 8 inches or so of powder on top, and the slope was steep enough and the snow so hard that I could barely get any purchase. Looking across the basin at the face of the first ridge (3rd pic), I wondered if that was the same stuff. I bailed and instead climbed the (non) 13er just south of where I was standing. From there, I could see a small slide (4th pic) closer to where I had come from. Additionally, it should be noted that prior to reaching the pass, I heard a ton of "whumps" in the snow. I was not on any kind of slope to really worry about it, it was more of a "huh, that's weird, I wouldn't expect to hear that on these snow fields while still on the way up to the actual stuff where I would normally worry about it." But it happened a LOT. Kinda odd. So, between the whumps, the slide I saw, the basin full of loose hell I saw, the snow I saw loaded on that ridge face, the impossible start down into the basin, breaking all the trail, and being solo, I bailed. Too bad, too, as it was an absolutely perfect weather day. BTW, I had snowmobile pack under my feet for most of the way up to the summer TH, even past the Equity mine, although in the dark and the drift snow it was easy to lose it. That was a big help. I've done some long winter climbs, but man, my hat is off to anyone who can do this route in the winter. It feels looooong and hell, I only did half. Edit: added a couple more pics showing the ridge south of the San Luis peak. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-12, By: Hiker Mike
Info: Trail on the whole is in great shape. No snow anywhere. At least a dozen trees are down and blocking the trails. Since there are more dead than living trees it seems, this will be a constant problem in the future. The work CFI did on certain sections of the trail above the tree line is top notch. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: Marshall
Info: Really nice, gentle trail. The road to the trailhead isn't bad at all. I think a little clearance and AWD is all you need. Great conditions the whole way. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-26, By: ericd01
Info: An 9-hour 'tour de CDT/CT' summit. Class-1 & gorgeous fall colors bring your girlfriend!! The town of Creede's south approach is best: only an 8-mile mining road that's in remarkable condition. No snow. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-18, By: emroka
Info: A few short patches of snow on the route. All can be easily avoided or crossed without traction. Not much snow left after the post Labor Day storm. Beautiful day! Many aspens and shrubs are the golden yellow of fall. Anyways, route is good to go. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: swesleyc7
Info: Overall, the trail is in great condition. There is 1-2 inches of snow on ~40% of the trail, however, the trail is dry all the way from the start to the tree line at which point, plenty of previous hikers have made nice post-holes for you to place your feet. My advice is to start early in the day to avoid slush while ascending. Trekking poles are recommended for descending snow. The majority of snow exists from the tree line to the saddle. Snow is spotty from the saddle to the summit, but is solid and only 1-2 inches. Waterproof boots and spikes are advised given warming afternoon temps. Snowshoes are not needed. The summit itself is in terrific condition and almost entirely clear. The weather on this day was excellent (high of 48F with 5-10 mph winds). I used a long-sleeve running shirt, cap, gloves, and running pants for an ideal dress code with a packable down jacket for the summit. Sept. is always the best month for 14ers - no storms! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-12, By: joemcglinchy
Info: Started at 6am, trail was frosted through 11k and snow-covered going up to the saddle and to the peak. All was soft and sloppy coming down around 1130am. Bring extra socks until it dries out, if it dries out. Beautiful hike! Road clear to trailhead. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-06, By: sky_high
Info: Trail is completely clear. As noted previously, the willows have been cut back recently so the trail requires only a little climbing over logs. There's no decent water source past the willows around the 3 mile mark. Clouds and wind all day long with the usual rain around 2pm for the last two days, but somehow they never materialized today. No recent bear sign on the trail that I could discern. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: Istari
Info: I hiked up San Luis Peak on Sunday (8/02) and the weather was great. To my surprise, someone had cut through all the downed trees and willows on the Northeast ridge trail. Kudos to the person or persons who did this. Now one can make quick progress through the lower trail. Also, it is easy to follow through the willows. As others have mentioned, make noise as you hike through the forest. I came across very fresh bear scat and a few minutes later saw the remains of a backbone that had been eaten clean. Be safe and enjoy the hike. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-01, By: marcusmartin
Info: Arrived Friday night (7/31/2020) at 10:00 pm at the Stewart Creek Trailhead. There were roughly 5 cars parked there at the TH and tents pitched nearby. We drove down to the Eddiesville Trailhead - - there were plenty of good tent spots for our tent. Started out under the stars at 3:40 am with headlamps. Approximately 2-3 miles in we encountered a mountain lion & the eerie green eyes just a few feet off the trail to the right watching us. Fortunately, we did not have a conflict or encounter with the lion. Make sure you have something to make noise if you are hiking in the dark to alert lions of your presence. In this same area, there are several down trees across the trail and it made it difficult to find the trail in the dark even with our headlamps. We veered off trail a few times here but were able to back up and rejoin the trail. We summited at approximately 7:30 am and had the summit to ourselves. The weather was outstanding and very little wind. Really a spectacular day on San Luis - a real gem! Totally worth the effort to get there. I think we saw less than 15 people all day - and that was on a Saturday in August. WIN! Note if you are planning on camping at the Stewart Creek TH: It did not seem like there was flat ground to place your tent. See the picture below that I took of other tents at the SCTH. I would recommend going down the road to the Eddiesville TH where there is a large flat area. Much better for camping, in my opinion. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-31, By: mikewall45
Info: View from trailhead showed very dark clouds and a lot of rain so we did not attempt. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-11, By: jnzaro
Info: Hadn't seen the reports on bear scat prior to hiking, but definitely saw some under treeline. I typically hike alone and make quite a bit of noise when I do, so I was operating as normal. I would recommend that to any party considering the evidence. Sooo many downed trees. Summer conditions throughout. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-10, By: pbarn
Info: Gorgeous summer conditions from Willow Creek. I'm going to agree with an earlier post that there is likely a bear in the area - I saw a pretty clear footprint early on the trail. There are also two sections through shrubs and trees that would probably be a nice place for a bear to hang out, so make sure you take precautions (make noise etc) so you don't have any unexpected meetings ;-) 
Route: Stewart Creek
Posted On: 2020-07-10, By: Midwestlungs
Info: Yes I also saw 3 areas of bear scat right on the trail in the wooded area. I also counted 67 areas where there were trees down that needed to be avoided. Some more difficult than others. Annoying. With all the dead trees in the area, the trail is only going to get worse in the future...6.8 miles to summit from TH. Not the 5.3 the sign says...Can we all agree that nobody wants to reach a secluded 14er summit and have to listen to someone talk on speaker phone? 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: sailgreatlakes
Info: Hiked in almost two miles and camped off the trail a ways. Woke up at 0430 and started the hike at 0500. Summited at 0800, was the first and alone at the top. Gorgeous views. As a solo hiker starting early be aware there was numerous piles of recent bear scat on the trail, if travelling alone make a bit of noise. The wildflowers are currently popping and gorgeous. Lots of wildlife to see early. Definitely a gorgeous hike. Hike up was partly cloudy, and summited to blue skies. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: cfoster
Info: camped at one of the dispersed camp sites about half a mile from the trailhead and started the hike at 6:45 am, not too many people out there and it was a great "easy" hike, plenty of downed trees, but easy to get over, under or around all of them. Had a little bit of light rain when i was almost back to the trailhead, but otherwise perfect weather. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: SARAH342
Info: Well defined trail the whole way, summer conditions. The first 4-5 miles absolutely fly by as they are relatively flat and through the soft and beautiful woods. Final pitch is simple. Recommend starting at least by 5am as storms roll in rather early. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-01, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Trail has many fallen lodgepole trees but easy to navigate and follow the trail. Trail is in good condition all the way to the summit. 

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