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Humboldt Peak Trail is a 10.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 10.7 miles Elevation Gain: 4,222 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This 14er has unbelievable views of alpine lakes and the neighboring Crestone Needles. This is a beautiful overnight of just over 10 miles with amazing views of the neighboring Crestone Needles which are some of the most difficult to climb. Make sure to bring a fishing pole as the South Colony Lakes are stocked with trout where you will be camping.

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rocky
11 hours ago

Completed Humbolt from the 2wd lot this morning. Took roughly 9 hours round trip with an hourish of breaks throughout. Mid-afternoon thunderstorms are commonplace, so absolutely plan to summit before noon. The view of surrounding peaks and lakes from the switchbacks was incredible. The push to the summit was a little mind-numbing and frustrating, as I was starting to run out of gas.

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7 days ago

This was a very awesome trail! It was so beautiful at the top. I would recommend to drive the first 2 miles. At the top it was very windy. There were also marmots up near the peak. Overall it was a very amazing trail!

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rocky
7 days ago

Awesome trail & beautiful 360 degree views! The Peak is just above various lakes & mountains, and no equipment is needed to reach the top (although it is very rocky and easy to lose the trail at times). We followed the trail markers to find our way up. It is windy at the top and very cold, so bring jackets and beanies. Overall, would 100% recommend and would easy do it again. You can camp at the lakes below the peak without a permit and can have fires in pre-made campsites. There are plenty of mountain goats and marmots!

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9 days ago

Insane views! Hiking from the 2wd trailhead added about 5 miles round trip for me. 4wd road looked pretty intense at points, but saw a few outbacks and Nissan rogues at the top. If I did it again I would definitely do a multi day and camp near the lakes, just so I could enjoy the views a bit longer.

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10 days ago

The hike to the summit took approximately 2hrs from the upper south colony lake. The trail to the summit may be a little difficult to follow due to the fallen rocks. It will be extremely helpful by tracking your hike using the all trails app to ensure you are not excessively scaling up rocks. The view from the peak was phenomenal. Not a difficult hike and the view was definitely worth it.

11 days ago

Loved this hike! The lakes were beautiful. Started at 2w lot. Made summit same day over 5K ft gain!!!

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rocky
scramble
16 days ago

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rocky
17 days ago

Once the climb to the peak starts, better to veer right than left. Trail is sometimes hard to follow throw the rocks.

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21 days ago

fantastic! camp somewhere above 10000 feet to acclimate, bring a fishing pole and catch some beautiful trout on the way to the 14er! one of the easier 14ers for sure.

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muddy
24 days ago

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24 days ago

Day hike: Left Boulder just after 1AM. Biked from 2WD TH to 4WD. Summited before 11AM (photo). Indian dinner in Pueblo at 5 (restaurant open!). Home by 9PM. Upper parking lot was completely full at 6AM, glad I had a bike. Only snow was one small 100 yard snowfield near the lakes. Started raining just after returning to car at 2:30.

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25 days ago

Completed yesterday. We went up to the 4wd TH in a stock jeep and did great, but I would not have taken a Crosstrek up there -- large rocks, quite washed out. The hiking trail is very well maintained all the way to the talus near the summit. At that point, trail can be easy to lose. We ended up going too far to the northern aspect of the peak on our ascent and had to climb our way back over as it eventually becomes a steep cliff. Absolutely fantastic views. Summer conditions aside from a small snowfield that is easy to walk across.

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29 days ago

Lots of water sources. Started at 2WD at 1 am, summited 7am, relaxed on way down. Back to 4WD at 1050am, back to car at 1150am! 18 miles, 5500 elevation from 2WD.

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1 month ago

Absolutely incredible! Started at 2w lot summit same day. Over 5K feet gain!

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1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! Trail is almost 100% snow free but is wet from snow melt. Last 2 miles are definitely the toughest. 11 miles almost exactly from upper trailhead (ours says longer because we went fishing). Fishing was great! 4 wheel drive and clearance necessary to reach upper trail.

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1 month ago

WOWZERS. This trail was absolutely stunning and insanely epic! Beautiful views of mountains and lakes. You are climbing up a mountain to 14,000 ft. With that being said, make sure you are very familiar with hiking in high altitudes. It is easy to get altitude sickness at that height. Definitely a difficult climb the last 2 miles, make sure you bring plenty of water (at least 2.5 liters). The last .6 miles is gnarly. Scaling large rocks all the way up to the peak which is very steep. The trail is hard to find on the final climb.... though, there is stacked rocks along the climb that will help you keep in line with the trail. The top is worth it! PARKING: If you do not have a car with 4 wheel drive you will have to walk to the trail head which is about 2.6 miles away (adding 5.2 miles to the hike in total). That road is uphill. All trails says the hike from the trail head is 10 miles but we calculated it as 15 from the trail head... which made it 20 miles total for us with 5500 elevation gain because of the trek to the trail head. I recommend starting this trail very early, especially if you have to walk to the trail head. It is important to avoid storms that typically begin around 12 pm. You don’t want to be at the top when it rains. We started at 4:20 am and made it back by 3pm which was perfect timing. Definitely a long trek, but so worth it! KEEP TREKKIN For more info visit @harris_hikers on Instagram

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Climbed for the first time today. Views are absolutely amazing. Our watches tracked us around 7.5-8 miles at summit from the trailhead, and ended up being over 15 miles from start to finish, which took us 8 hours in total (not sure why it was so off from the mileage listed here). Trail was good in the morning, snowy patches were easily walkable. On the way down, the stretches of snow made for some fun potholing & sliding on slush. 4wd road is pretty rough, make sure you have good clearance & maybe 4 low for the way down.

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1 month ago

Don’t recommend taking the East Ridge route unless winter. Tons of bushwhacking and stepping on fragile alpine tundra. Shoutout to the last person to leave a report, your gps tracks are terrible. Take the west ridge it’s more scenic

it was 15 miles hike total thru the east ridge ( winter route ) I am retarded and forgot to start recording from the car , but then remembered and started recording half way up... it did recorded the entire route on the way down... so 15 miles with snowshoes up to the tree line and then spikes the rest of the way up... took us 12 hrs car to car ... my friends 4runner could not make to the parking lot as the road is packed with snow so it added a few miles, we parked way before the gate ... I forgot to push stop recording before jumping back in the car - what a view !!!

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6 months ago

Best 14’er to start out on. Incredibly challenging peak but the views help you forget about that. Hiked from the ground up so it’s possible without 4x4. Tons of wildlife to interact with

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