Peak(s):  San Luis Peak  -  14,014 feet
Date Posted:  06/20/2010
Date Climbed:   06/19/2010
Author:  JA_son27
 Suddenly San Luis  

And We're off!

After my long holdover during the winter season I was totally itching to get out and do some more Colorado sightseeing. Why not San luis? It's remote, beautiful and relatively easy! (And free of snow!) Since this was my first peak of the season, I wasn't expecting to finish too briskly. I was also excited to learn of my wife's desire to accompany me on this hike. We left on Friday the 18th and arrived at the Stewart Creek TH that evening, and found an awesome camp spot about a quarter of a mile above the actual TH. We awoke at "It's freaking four o'clock" says my wife, and took our time eating breakfast and drinking coffee. We started hiking at 515am and we were both quickly reminded of why we do this.

Early Morning start on San Luis

My Wife and Einstein trying to wake up

The miles seemed very easy and were picturesque. I was half expecting a beaver to walk across the trail dragging his hard earned bundle.

One of many beaver ponds along the way

My dog Einstein was still trying to figure out why were we up so early!

Why won't you let me sleep in!

Early in the morning during our hike we experienced an interesting phenomenon, a very warm breeze mixed with much cooler air. It's hard to explain but it felt good! It almost felt like just before you step into a suana when the hot air rushes out at you, pretty cool anyway.

Amanda puts on the chapstick

If you look you can see the shadows of the multiple levels of ponds as you progressively move up the valley

After crossing through a fence we came upon a cool cabin. I love these old buildings and always get a sense of the history of where we hike/live. I can't imagine how wonderful it would be to be able to live here!

Cool old cabin

Shortly afterward we arrived at Stewart Creek

Stewart Creek

After you ford the creek for a second time, the trail starts to get a little steeper, but at this point I am still fooled that I am on a 14er. As you exit the trees you finally get to see where your journey ends. Don't be fooled by the very large, very prominent peak that lies in front of you, Baldy Alta is the name.

San Luis is almost directly in the center of the photo, and has a large snowfield near the summit. Baldy Alta is the peak that is obscured by trees.

Finally we arrive at the upper basin, and we see that progress is being made, especially for Amanda. This being her first hike of the season it was tough with the four miles hiked in. With the elevation gained slowly adding up and knowing that she had to go back, ultimately she decided to stop and enjoy her accomplishment. Amanda knew the forecast, thus she insisted that I continue on. The dog on the other hand wasn't very patient, and wanted to hike with me. (Later he would regret)

The upper basin. I'm pretty sure those twin peaks way off include Mt. Ouray.

Einstein and I continued up,up and up!

Almost to the top of the saddle

Once we arrived at the top of the saddle, we made quick work of the remaining ridge, and there wasn't any snow to speak of except a few little snowfields which were easily avoidable. There was one however that someone had to play in!

Einstein playing the snow, almost there little guy!

We can hear the hoopla of the summiters nearby which is always a strong motivation!

Nearly there!

Our little Cairn Terrier kicks total butt! It's so funny too because there were a few people that called him an "old girl", which he is only 2 years old! But in their defense he does need to be groomed.

Summit Success! Wetterhorn, Uncompahgre and Sneffles can be seen in this photo if you look close enough

This was Einstein's second 14er, and my 46th, but it was just as fun as my first. I love the support I get from Amanda, and the heart that I get from my little dog. Einstein is still sleeping as I type this report, and Amanda is bummed that she didn't finish but is anxious to get that first summit success of the season.

We were both excited to have hike our first 14er of the season and there is no better way to celebrate than to have..........

A foo-foo beer and a roaring fire!

By the way, we didn't see any darn moose out there but we did see one on the way home, go figure! This was our first wild moose sighting and it was a blast!

Moose near the summit of Kenosha pass

And we did take a wrong turn off of HWY 50, and found ourselves looking at..........

A Caribou! In the famous words of Bugs Bunny, "I think I took a wrong turn at Albuqurque!!"

This was a fun and enjoyable hike, I hope everyone out there has a safe hiking season and has an enjoyable one.

RIP Kevin.

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 Comments or Questions

06/21/2010 04:04
Nice job Jason and Family. I might make it down to San Luis in a few weeks. Are you going to try and finish this year?


Thank you!
06/21/2010 12:57
Thanks Zach! If the funds are there I will try to finish this season!


Phantom Moose.
06/21/2010 16:08
Nice TR, Jason.
I didn‘t see any moose when I was there last year, either, although people on the days before and after me did.
Very peaceful area.


Nice to see you on the summit
06/21/2010 18:41
Hey Jason, good to see you on the summit. Looks like that Stewart Creek route is very scenic! I will put up a TR in the next day or so of the West Willow Creek route we took.


You Too!
06/21/2010 20:08
I am curious about the Willow Creek side as well, it was nice meeting you up there Randal!
Joe you are right about the serenity up there, although San Luis has the rep. for most remote peak, there were quite a few people hiking that day!


Great report!
06/22/2010 15:23
Thanks for taking time to do the report. 46! Wow.


Foo- Foo beer
04/09/2013 19:26
I always tease my friends when they drink their ales, lagers,etc... anything different from your coors, mich, bud, millers and such that they were drinking foo foo beers. Thought maybe i had invented that. maybe not. You made my day!!

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