Humboldt Peak Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately 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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river

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This 14er as 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.

18 days ago

My girlfriend and I hiked this in early August. It was our first fourteener together.

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1 month ago

Hiked Humboldt Peak in July. It was my first true 14er. It was definitely difficult in some areas near the top of the peak. Overall it was achievable and very beautiful. You get a good view of the Crestones though the hike as well.

2 months ago

Some scrambling needed at the top, otherwise great hike

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2 months ago

Beautiful views, but the trails needs work. Coming down after the summit is really difficult and would be easier with smaller steps. Avoid summitting and leaving same day - the trails will not be favourable conditions.

5 months ago

Trail is completely snow free as of 5/23. There are some muddy sections due to run off. Above the saddle there is a decent amount of rock/boulder scrambling and it is easy to lose track of the trail and cairns. You will probably lose the trail a couple of times. Best advice I received was to stick to the right hand side when ascending to the false summit. Cairns are much easier to identify on the descent. If camping near the lakes the night before, the summit can be reached in 1-3hrs

If bringing a dog, conditioned pads are a must due to the extent of sharp and rough rocks above the saddle.

hiking
5 months ago

Clear trail the entire way.

backpacking
Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Awesome hike up to the lake. I recommend camping below or near the lake then summit the following morning and you're nearly guaranteed to be the first one to the peak in the morning. Avoid summiting between 11am and 2pm as weather moves in fast and there are few places to hide above the saddle. You will get struck by lightning if you're up there in a storm. I personally got snowed on on July 4th. So either summit in the morning and be heading down around 10 am or wait till afternoon storms pass. Easy hike up to the switchbacks. Once up the saddle you have to navigate a couple thousand feet up a rock field. Make sure to stay to the right when ascending even though left looks to be the best way. While ascending you will think your almost there but no. Once you reach the false peak it's another 300 yards maybe. Bring a pencil to sign the geocache. Enjoy the view. Don't feed the marmot.

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Got stuck in a hail storm all the way down, but the views are totally worth it.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

My very first fourteener! We hiked up the gorge which was extremely hard and came down the ridge. We needed up getting lost because of snow patches but it was totally worth it. Stunning views front the top! Very beautiful

backpacking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Climbed this peak in summer of 2010. Anticlimactic peak following great views of the Crestones. Be sure to take water!!!

hiking
Thursday, November 12, 2015

South Colony Lakes area is one of the best in Colorado and Humboldt Peak offers great views. As many cutthroats as you can catch!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Amazing views of the lakes and surrounding mountains!

camping
Saturday, March 07, 2015

Had a lot of fun camping and hiking to the top.Camped at 10,000ft above the lake ,what a view.

hiking
Thursday, July 10, 2014

This is a great way for one to knock off his/her first 14er. The information on this page is incorrect, as the access to the original trailhead is now blocked to traffic. Starting from the current trailhead (requires 4 WD access) is closer to 16 mi. round trip. Once you get off the dirt road, it's a beautiful hike through aspen forest, above the tree line through alpine lakes, and then the ascent to the summit.

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