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Date Saturday  8/5/2017
End Date Sunday  8/6/2017
Group Boulder
Event Title Trailblazers 14ers: Humboldt Peak
Section Trailblazers
Start Time 8:00 AM
Status Complete
Leader Jordan Holquist
Member Price Free
Available Participants No tickets left
Type Trip
Trip Type Backpack
Pace Moderate
Classification Moderate D
Trail Mileage 16
Elevation Gain 5300
Driving Distance


Humboldt Peak is located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, South and East of Pueblo, CO, with the closest “town” being Westcliffe, CO.

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Trip leader: Jordan Holquist (


Humboldt Peak is a relatively easy (but not a walk-up) 14er with incredible views of the Crestones and Kit Carson Peak. It is located in the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness Area, south and east of Pueblo, CO. The nearest town is Westcliffe, CO.

We’ll be hiking up Humboldt Peak via the standard route (West Ridge), camping overnight before the summit push. The purpose of this trip is to get warmed up for more 14ers in the following weeks and months, while also practicing backcountry camping. If you’re new to 14ers or new to overnighting in backcountry, this is a really great opportunity to practice and get used to both. Note: this does not mean no experience required! Each hiker should have camping/cooking gear (or be able to borrow/share it) and knowledge of how to use it before arriving. Each hiker should be capable of hiking up to 16.5 miles over two days with up to 5,300 ft. of elevation gain at a moderate pace (~1.5 mi./hr.). The hiking will include some class 2 scrambling, so rock-hopping and big steps with hands for balance should be expected. While it isn’t expected that you have summited a 14er before, you should have hiking experience at or above 10,000 ft. This trip is posted a few months in advance, which gives you plenty of summer to go hike before this! Check for more information about the hike.

The Plan:

We’ll meet at the Dinosaur Lots Park n’ Ride near Morrison, CO to carpool, depending on where everyone is starting from. We’ll drive to the trailhead, about 3-3.5 hours of driving, and then hike up to the South Colony Lakes on Saturday. Depending on driving and hiking time, we may have a long evening to hang out. We will be camping overnight, so plan on bringing food to cook. If you like to fish, I hear the lakes are a pretty good area to do it. Due to bears in the area, we’ll have to be careful about where we cook and store everything that has an odor in a bear-proof container. Waking up before dawn, we’ll cook a small breakfast or have cold breakfast, then get started hiking under headlamps. The goal is to summit and be headed downwards by 12 noon at the latest to avoid afternoon storms. Once back to the campsite, we’ll eat, pack camp, then head on out back to the cars. Victory dinner and beers on the route back home!


Dogs are allowed and welcome, but must be kept leashed at all times due to wilderness area regulations.

This trip is subject to change based on weather and conditions. More details will be coordinated by the trip leader once group composition is set. If any leaders-in-training are interested in co-leading, let the trip leader know. Based on this being a long hike to a high elevation with an overnight, the trip leader will make sure each participant has sufficient experience to reasonably be capable of completing the trip. Slots to attend will be first come, first serve. This will be CMC members only, but open to anyone capable. To be registered for the trip, send an email to with the following info:

- Name, address, phone #
- List 3 hikes that you’ve been on recently with elevation, elevation gain, and round-trip mileage (hint: pick your hikes with the highest numbers)
- List 1 camping trip you’ve been on with # of days and distance from trailhead (if any)
- Your favorite brewery in Colorado
- Whether you have any first aid, CPR, or relevant training
- Whether you are willing to drive or carpool (if willing to drive, list make/model of car)
- Any comments/questions you may have

Sorry it is past the registration deadline for this event.