Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Date Posted:  08/15/2011
Date Climbed:   08/13/2011
Author:  gouldst

 Backpacking to San Luis  

It was time for our annual hike with Corky and Cameron, so we decided to make an overnight backpacking trip to the Willow Creek route of San Luis with the boys. We drove from Colo Spgs to Creede on Friday, made it to the trailhead about 12:00. I'll comment on the trailhead separately. We headed up the trail to the first saddle - pretty steep, especially with a pack, but the view of San Luis from the saddle was worth it. Then it was down to the Colorado Trail and through the forest almost to the other side where we found a good campsite. Set up camp, had a good dinner and hit the bags early.

Up the next morning at 5:30 and hit the trail about 7. The route around the basin was easy and the last uphill bit to the saddle was not bad at all. The second basin was similar - the path essentially looped around the basin with little change in altitude until we approached the next saddle that led up to the south ridge of San Luis. After a quick stop to repair an incipient blister, we started up the ridge toward the summit. The next pitch was probably the toughest part of the hike. The trail up was distinct, but not very good in terms of switchbacks, so it was a difficult walk. Once to the top of that, the only rough part was a couple false summits! We made the real summit about 9:30. The boys (both 10) got a lot of pats on the back for getting up there at a young age - that is, until a six year old arrived a few minutes later! Way to go, Claire!

After the pics, we headed back down. The steep parts were pretty hard going down. We got back to the campsite, broke camp, and headed out, making it back to the trailhead by about 2:30. I haven't done Stewart Creek, but this was a good route. The basins are beautiful (in spite of a lot of beetle kill), and it seemed like the route to the trailhead was easier than the route to Stewart Creek.


 Comments or Questions

Near Perfect Hike
08/16/2011 14:44
Great weather and a great place to spend a fatherson weekend. Cameron and I are looking forward to the next one.


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