Humboldt Peak Trail

HARD 20 reviews

Humboldt Peak Trail is a 10.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Westcliffe, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
10.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4363 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This 14er as unbelievable views of alpine lakes and the neighboring Crestone Needles This is a beautiful overnight of just over 10 miles that will bring you to a the top of a non-technical 14er. Although Humboldt is pretty easy to climb you'll be impressed at the neighboring Crestone Needles which are some of the most dificult to climb. Make sure to bring a fishing pole as the South Colony Lakes are stocked with trout where you will be camping.

hiking
8 days ago

backpacking
15 days ago

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.

backpacking
17 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

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

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, September 08, 2012