San Luis Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-23, By: troyflannigan
Info: Made it all the way to the 4x4 trailhead, only one sketchy part where I was glad to have 4 wheel drive. Camped out overnight, there are a couple spots to throw up a tent. Woke up and it was 37 degrees out and started my hike at 6:30a. There were about a dozen spots with snow, a couple you could hike around and a couple more would have been nice to have spikes because of the decent. I was fine with my boots. No post holing until the way back, where I sunk to mid calf 3 times, otherwise it wasn't a big deal. A lot of up and downs on this route, the last hike up on he way back is kind of a pain, but overall an easy 11 mile hike (for a 14er). My pace is average, maybe avg-slow and took me 7.5 hours. Several false summits once you start the final climb, don't let them fool you like they did me! 
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Route: east slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: ltlFish99
Info: I agree with a recent report that discussed at least 30 downed trees across the trail. Yesterday when I hiked this, I believe there are at least 50 downed trees. Weaken by beetle damage , and probably downed by high winds. These were between mile 1 and mile 4 on the east slopes route. I only crossed 5 feet of snow all day. Very nice day in a beautiful place. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-18, By: kphelan
Info: Trail has a few downed trees that in one spot kind of makes it hard to find the trail, but I managed just fine in the dark at 330AM. Otherwise trail was perfect and it was great weather. Encountered a black bear on my decent literally right before going back into the trees, I don't think it saw me, but just beware! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-16, By: Peak200
Info: All good on San Luis northeast route; no snow Long route though but not technical Get ready to do cross fit/boot camp along the way. There are at least 30 downed trees across the trail Due to wind and the worst beetle kill I have seen. I love this area : the la garitas are so remote and different then all other mtn ranges. Road was no problem as the two stream crossings are not too high. 14.5 miles 3900 vertical 9.5 hours More because I tried to do a three peak loop starting on baldy alto but bailed as I was out of time. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: KarenG
Info: Note on the route description: I didn't see a place to cross to the south side of the creek at 3.0 miles. The trail stayed on the north side the whole time. Right after that there were a couple spots where you have to duck through the willows but it's not bad. On the way down I again looked for a spot to cross to the south side and the only one I saw had branches laid across it directing hikers to stay on the north side. As others have said there are LOTS of downed trees across the trail. At about 11,800 they totally obscure the trail. If you stay to the north it's easier to get back on the trail. There was a little new snow left from the storm a few days ago. It was mostly between 12,500 and the saddle but it's melting fast. I continued to Baldy Alto and made a loop out of the hike. It added about 600' elevation and less than a half mile. There is a tough spot to get past a rock outcropping on the way to Baldy Alto. If you pick your route carefully it's steep but probably no more than class 2. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-04, By: CaptCO
Info: Almost summer conditions, summer to the saddle and then a couple packed in minor snow drifts on the ridge to summit. Beautiful day 5.5 hours RT 6.9mi up, 13.7mi 3,500' 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: Will_E
Info: Did a big loop starting at the Nutras Creek TH, went up Stewart, then Baldy Alto, then San Luis. Descended San Luis via the standard Northeast ridge trail. Could largely avoid snow entirely, other than a few small snowfields on the way down from San Luis. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-31, By: askwjs
Info: First few miles offers a slew of downed trees over the trail and some over growth to duck under but very easy to follow the trail. Once above treeline, a few snowfields to cross before the saddle. Hard packed in the morning and slushy with some postholing by 11AM. From the saddle to summit, trail is completely dry. Blue skies all morning but storm clouds started rolling in around 1230, thunder around 130 when we were at the TH. Recommend early start as afternoon storms seemed to looming over the Sangres as well on our drive back. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: denverfromdenver
Info: A large leap and a melting snow bridge allowed us to keep our feet dry for the two stream crossings after the TH. The route was totally dry on the south facing aspects, but still held a decent amount of snow on the north side of each of the basins you traverse around before finally gaining the summit ridge. Any snow on the ridge is 100% avoidable. We started at 4:15a and the snow was firm, but by 9, it was starting to deteriorate so we were glad to have snowshoes for the return. The trail disappears under snow as you get onto the CDT/CT and hike along and through the trees and willows. The bushwacking was minor and usually you could see where you needed to go. Really great scenery and a good route right now, saw two adult moose near the TH. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-26, By: tsmith1007
Info: As noted in the conditions reports below, the route is pretty much in summer condition. We only crossed snow for roughly 100 yards on the entire hike. The snow was easy to walk across in the morning. On our way back down around 1pm we post holed a few times but nothing major. There is a part in the trail about 2.5-3.5 miles in where the trail is very overgrown and you actually have to crouch to walk under the overgrown bushes for about 100 feet, this may make the trail hard to find/follow once the summer growth starts. Overall though it was a great hike with perfect conditions. And there was only 3 other people on the trail besides my wife and I. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-25, By: JacerJack
Info: In short, this route is quite a ways out from summer conditions. There is a surprising amount of snow. Is it doable? Yes, we made it to the summit. Recommendable? Not right now, unless you're looking for a good posthole sufferfest. Photos attached (approximate route in red). Snow started to become unsupportable around 11 am, even with a hard freeze the night before. The snow is too intermittent for skis to make sense, and it is too rotten in the afternoon for snowshoes to be very effective. We didn't bring snowshoes, but there was another party who had them and it didn't seem to be helping much in the afternoon. Route is pretty much free of snow up to the first rocky point (albeit a little muddy), and then it's almost constant snow across the next two basins until you reach San Luis' SE ridge (which is dry and quite pleasant). There is evidence of somewhat recent cornice fall and wet slides as you approach the trees in Spring Creek Basin, so pay attention to what is above you as you descend into the trees. See attached photo. Unless you have a specific reason to use this route, I'd recommend the Stewart Creek approach, as it appears to be virtually snow-free. Looks like a whole different world on that side. Photos attached for comparison. We shared the summit with Eric from St. Louis, who completed this as his first 14er. Congrats on a strong effort and a well-earned first 14er summit! Garmin stats: Time: 8 hours 18 minutes (7 hr 20 min moving time) Mileage: 11.5 Vertical: 4,049' 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: emarr
Info: Roughly half of the route is still covered in snow. Frozen and crunchy on the early morning ascent, soft and postholes for days on the decent. Snowshoes worked great on the flatter areas, however much of the snow is on slanted ground or forest. Be prepared for a lot of postholing in the afternoon. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: ncxhjhgvbi
Info: Went to scope the route out from the rocky point on the ridge for a possible atttempt Sunday. Spring Creek Basin is still full of snow. According to a group we passed on the way up the ridge around noon, there was waist deep postholing in the dead forest even with snowshoes. This group made it to the base of the south ridge, but was so exhausted they turned around. According to them, after Spring Creek Basin the route is completely dry. With good freezes the next few nights perhaps the route will be a little easier, but one must defintely start early! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-19, By: hogantheepic
Info: No snow until about 3.5/4 miles up the trail. Between the edge of tree line and the end of the brush, there are large snowfields that cross over the trail. Though they are melting quickly, they still pose a small problem for the unprepared. Snowshoes would work, but I circumvented the problem by using the brush, when available, to walk across the snowfields. Simply step on the thick brush so that it lays flat over the snow and you suddenly have a makeshift bridge to step on. However, there were some spots that didn't have brush, so you just gotta hope that the snow is strong enough to walk on top of without post-holing. 
Route: Yawner Gullies
Posted On: 2020-03-05, By: jmanner
Info: Road closure is at the 503/504 intersection; which you can reach from either road. route was skinable from car to the saddle and then skiable to the bottom of the gully, then it's skinable to ~12,700' or wherever you skins start slipping. The western most gully is skiable from the summit, but it's thinning out and in need of a new snow. We skinned up our track back to the cornice and we're able to switchback to within 20 feet of the saddle. We skied back to the mine and then toured to some wind drifts on road and then skied the last 1.5 miles back to the car. 16 miles and 6,200' of uphill. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2020-03-02, By: Randy1983
Info: Was able to park 3.9 miles from West Willow Creek TH. Skinned from the car to the first pass at 12,200. Winds picked up after the sunrise and I turned around there. Didn't feel like battling wind for a 5th weekend in a row. Standard route does have some av danger, but avoidable. Kept my skins on till about 3/4 of a mile to the car as the road out has a few uphill areas. I know they're dark, but added pics of each TH point along the road. Current parking is about 1 mile from where the road crosses Willow Creek. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-06, By: majtytom
Info: Still great summer conditions. It was very windy and windchill in the morning was especially annoying as my fingers in light gloves were freezing off. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-30, By: tcphoto87
Info: Took the non-standard route up. The wind was BRUTAL especially once we reached the summit ridge. It took us a lot longer cause we kept having to stop during the 50+mph gusts cause if we tried to keep going it would push us several feet off the trail at times. We started around 6am and summited at 9, and back to the car around 11:30. Basically summer conditions but the summit and ridge had very tiny amounts of snow on it 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-23, By: joyfulwriter
Info: Beautiful day; trail in excellent condition and easy to follow all the way to the summit.Sub-freezing temps at night, so there was some ice on the rocks in the stream crossings in the early morning, melted by afternoon return. Much of the climb from the saddle and intersection with the CDT trail is on small to medium-sized rock (not scree) - stable and easy to follow, but something to note for footwear planning. So much of the forest is dead, making a large part of the hike in rather sad, but the summit views were spectacular, and the aspens are starting to turn near the trailhead and early into the long hike in. Met several thru-hikers and a few fun groups at the summit, but not a lot of people out on this spectacular fall day. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-01, By: jnorris303
Info: Beautiful summer conditions. Drove from Denver after work on Friday, got to Stewart Creek Trailhead at around 12AM and slept in the car with my dog. The trailhead was relatively easy to find after dark and there is signage as you go. Pretty much follow the main dirt road all the way until you get there. This road has a few rough patches but overall it is in great shape and very well maintained. This trail was unique in that for the first 2 hours or so, you gain very little elevation. It's pretty much just a long walk along Stewart Creek until you start climbing into San Luis' upper basin. Once you start climbing, a great trail remains. Just be prepared for a LONG slog back to the car and an additional long slog back to civilization. I was exhausted on the drive home - it takes over an hour just to get back to Gunnison. The area is beautiful, with a lot of willows/wetland. I saw a few moose, deer, and beavers. The wildflowers are also still in full bloom and very beautiful. If you've got 2 (even 3) days to spare, this peak is not to miss. It's a quiet, tranquil place that provides a great sense of peace and solitude. 

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