Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
Date Posted:  07/20/2012
Date Climbed:   07/19/2012
Author:  SuzanG

 Road closed at bottom per Forest Service  

We were going to head over to hike into South Colony Lakes area to do Humboldt this weekend, so I called the Forest Service to ask the latest on the road conditions.

I was informed that the road is closed and ALL cars have to park at the bottom-where 2 wheel drive cars used to park. You can no longer drive the 2.7 to the upper parking area.

Hike to lake from this point is approximately 6 miles.

There number is 719-553-1400.


 Comments or Questions

road closure
07/20/2012 15:02
Is this a temporary thing and do you know why?


Road closed permanently
07/20/2012 15:13
As far as I know, from what I was told, this is a permanent thing.

CO Native

It's Open
07/20/2012 15:33
I think you may have a communication mix up. The Forest Service was probably referring to the old upper trailhead that was up near 11,000 feet. This was closed and backed down to what Bill now called the upper trailhead at 9,950 feet in 2010. This is a permanent closure. Just read all the TH status reports and you'll see this TH is open.

James Scott

07/20/2012 15:49
I am heading down there on Saturday, so I called to be sure. I was informed that the road is still open to the new (as of 2009) trailhead, which is just past the creek crossing and rainbow trail.


open as of yesterday
07/20/2012 19:38
We were there yesterday. You can go past the 2wd parking lot (in the field) to the ”end” of the road (which is clearly marked with a gate and a sign). There is a rather large parking lot there. I highly recommend a 4wd with clearance.


Oh good!
07/21/2012 00:42
Thank you for the clarification. Darn...we changed plans because of it. Oh well, will go another time.


Better rd conditions
07/21/2012 05:12
I drove up there yesterday/today, lots of cars. In fact, they plowed the road today as well and took care of a couple of nasty holes in the road.


Did they...
07/22/2012 13:25
...put their plan to charge for parking into effect?

   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here

Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2017®, 14ers Inc.