Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Date Posted:  05/22/2018
Date Climbed:   05/21/2018
Author:  samfarmer789
 Solo San Luis   

San Luis was a great hike and the weather was perfect! I left Boulder around 12:45am and made it to the trailhead at 6:15am. It's quite a ways off of the main hwy as in 47 miles most of which is a dirt road that crosses several cattle gates and goes through two creeks but my SUV made it fine.

The first five miles of the trail is in a wooded area with not much elevation gain, I was basically walking to the end of the valley which makes me think I should've turned somewhere because the total distance ended up being 16.5 miles and I had read earlier that it was 13.5mi.18567_03It took me almost exactly 8 miles and just under 3 hours to get to the summit (5 miles of walking through the valley!)- left the trailhead at 6:30am and made it to the summit at 9:20am. The view was amazing! And it wasn't very cold, pretty windy past the tree line though. 18567_0618567_0218567_01

Walk/jogged back down to the forest in the valley section and then ran the last 3 ish miles (I run XC) and made it back to my car at 11:25am. Woke up this morning with very sore legs haha. The views from the road on the way back were awesome as well (couldn't see the mountains and such in the dark on the way out!) Made it back to Boulder around 5pm and went to bed right after dinner haha. 14er #6 for me!

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Comments or Questions

05/24/2018 15:14
Nice report and thanks for the updates. I've never tried biking on any of the 14er trails but I've seen a few winter reports where people take a bike on some of their trips to get past some road closures. This seems like a peak where one could knock out a couple low impact miles on a mountain bike. Do you know if biking is allowed on any of this trail or if it seems like a plausible option?

Could definitely bike
05/24/2018 17:54
I'm not sure if biking is allowed on the trail, but the first 4-5 miles through the forest area would be a good option for biking- the trail is wide enough and not too rocky/tree roots in the way. There were a few fallen trees over the trail but that was about it. It doesn't start getting really steep until mile 5.5-6.


05/25/2018 06:56
The map function on this site is great. Click on overlays, wilderness and voila, you'll see that the entire standard route is in the La Garita Wilderness = no bikes.
If all you want to do is San Luis then don't bring a bike. Yeah it's a long slog out but easy and typically some moose graze around Stewart Creek. Now if you want to get a bicentennial on the same day, What you can do is drive up Chavez Creek, there's a nice trail up the ridge toward Stewart Peak. Bike up to the wilderness boundary, mark the spot on your gps, hike back to your car and drive down to the Eddiesville TH. Hike to San Luis, connect to Stewart via Baldy Alto then hike down to your bike. The bike ride from here to your car is mostly downhill and your legs/knees will thank you.

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