Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
Date Posted:  01/22/2012
Date Climbed:   01/21/2012
Author:  TonkatsuDave

 Windy Day on Humbolt  

Climbingbiz and I ended up getting to the 2wd trailhead at about 7:30 and headed out with blue skies.

We found the tracks left by WDavis through the trees which made for pretty easy treck up to tree line. There were a couple false sets of tracks (which we added to) but ended up ditching the snowshoes at about 11,000' and found our way out of the trees in good time.

Once we got out of the trees it was super windy. It made for an exhausting hike up to the false summit, but once we got there the wind died down enough to make for an ok climb to the top.


A snow storm was coming in as we got to the top, blocking the view of the Crestones

Once we got back below the false summit the winds really picked up, making for a slow tough hike back down to the trees. We overshot where we were supposed to meet up with our trail and ended up in waist deep snow until we were able to meet back up with our tracks.

We ended up getting back to the car just before dark and hit up a much deserved crave burger in castle rock on the way home.

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 Comments or Questions

01/23/2012 16:23
Congrats! Glad you guys made it even in the wind.

James Scott

01/23/2012 21:22
What would that route be like in the summer? Would route finding be a nightmare, or does the ridge pretty much lead you out to timberline where you need to be? Enjoyed the report!


Re: Summer
01/23/2012 21:44
It's hard to say, since this was my first time up there and we had a pretty good trail to follow, but I can't imagine the route finding would be too hard in the summer. There were a good amount of cairns, and once you get to the ridge in the woods, you stay on it most of the way to treeline.


Thinking about doing Humboldt next...
01/24/2012 00:38
Great job making it in those HIGH winds!

From your Start Point, what was total Round Trip Distance of the hike plz?



Re: Thinking about doing Humboldt next...
01/24/2012 01:49
Didn't have the gps running the whole trip, but others have said 13.1 - 13.5mi from the private property sign.


01/25/2012 02:26
Nice work! I did this a couple weekends back. Lots of wind, lots of fun!


02/13/2012 01:50
I want to do that someday.

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