Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Date Posted:  09/02/2008
Date Climbed:   09/01/2008
Author:  barryfagin

 San Luis Peak -- standard route  

4 1/2 hours up, 3 1/4 hours down (I'm a 48-year-old male, this is fourteener #22 for me). Excellent conditions, road to the trailhead was easily doable in my 2WD Honda Civic with 150,000 miles on it, including the final turn into the parking lot although I asked my son to step out and guide me.

Used the Roach book directions to the trailhead, got there without a problem. The mileage numbers didn't agree exactly, at least on my odomoter, but if you allow for some slack in those you'll do fine, the turns and road numbers are in any case correct.

The thing that's different about this Fourteener is that the trailhead is an hour and forty-five minutes from anywhere. So if you don't pack in the night before, then when you get up you've got at least that long to get to the trailhead, and when you're down you've got at least that long to get back to civilization. I'd count on an hour and forty-five minutes from the junction of Highway 50 and Route 114 to the Stewart Creek Trailhead. Most of that is thirty miles of forest service roads, so if your car breaks down you are totally dependent on the kindness of strangers because you won't have transportation or cell coverage.

But everything else is as described on this site and in the Roach book. All class 1, very clear and well-maintained trail, surprised I waited this long to knock it off. Pictures are here:


 Comments or Questions

09/06/2008 00:41
Great photos too.
Enough information here to help me plan my trip at the end of this month. Thank you!

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