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San Luis Summit is a 11.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Creede, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 3,490 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Description
Waypoints (1)
Getting There

When you reach the parking area at the closed gate, continue north out of the parking area on a two track road until you reach the trailhead.

Weather
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Reviews (59)
Photos (105)
Recordings (52)
Completed (90)
Jenbo H.
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Hiking

Hike to the summit yesterday, what a gorgeous day! We did this hike as an overnight as it was our boys' first summit of a 14-er and we didn't want to stretch them to their limit :o). We hiked in almost 4 miles and camped in the second basin below the peak, just before the trail turns to round the back of the basin. About 4 miles we hiked up about 250 feet to a plateau on the south side of the trail. There is a creek near there for water. The extra 250 feet of vertical was worth it for the relatively flat ground and great views.

Forrest Burton
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Hiking

If you have a 2 wheel drive car you may consider leaving it at the base of the 4 wheel drive road which will add an additional 1.5 miles to your hike (3 miles round trip). I parked exactly 1 mile up the 4 wheel drive road before a creek (you will see a small pull off to your right ) which left me with only 1/2 a mile extra. The climb was steep but I felt safe with only a small amount of exposure great views at the top!

Katt Crowdis
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Hiking

One of the easier 14ers. Although the first section and the last mile are certainly steep! After the first part, you drop below treeline again which is quite pretty. This route is well defined, so I’m not sure why route finding was mentioned as difficult in a prior comment. The views at the top are nice, but not as pretty as others in the San Juan range. If you’re looking for a class 1 14er to do, I recommend Handies Peak instead of San Luis. Current conditions- some muddy sections, no snow

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Clayton Turner
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Keith Siddel
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Hiking

Great hike...toughest part is the last mile. It can be windy and cold on peak. during the hike we experienced snow, sun, sleet, rain and wind. Layer up and plan accordingly. Beauty you only find in Colorado!

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Dave Kluge
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HikingOver grownSnow

“Directions to trailhead” from AllTrails will bring you to an active mine that you can park at but will add a few miles each way. If you backtrack a few hundred yards you’ll see a sign for the Willow Creek trailhead. It’s a rough 4x4 road but it’ll take you right to the trailhead. Very easy trail to follow, well marked with cairns all along the route. Full cell service on the summit. Currently up here enjoying a sunny and wind-free day!

Mike Baldy
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Just hiked today 6/11/20 from the Willow Creek Trailhead near Creede (802). Bit of mud on the way to the trailhead - definitely want high clearance 4WD - otherwise park at Equity Mine and hike the extra 2 miles. Trail is obvious but not very well marked (only 2 potential forks). There was still a bit of snow left, but shin deep max (spikes could help but not necessary). At the start you can add ~1 mile with the north detour which is a much more gradual incline; take the direct route on the way back. 90% sun exposed from this direction. Beautiful day + trail but quite windy & rocky at the summit (expected with a 14er). Was about 13 miles on our GPS from the parking lot.

Dustin Todd
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Alec Landingham
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Hiking

Directions lead to a closed road. Avoid this route!! Waste of 4+ hours

Charles Morgan
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Sarah Janci
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Hiking

Hiked this on 8/23/19. Fairly easy and straightforward for a 14er, the difficulty comes in just the distance. We camped the night before and if you drive down the road a 1/2 mile you get to Eddiesville Trailhead there are bathrooms and a big field perfect for camping. We had some snow (!) flurries up top but otherwise perfect weather.

Jonny Layne
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Hiking

Rad little peak! Definitely the easiest 14er I’ve done by a long shot. Nice gradual incline (except for the first mile from this approach). FYI all the runoff streams are low enough to cross without getting your feet wet. Took me like 2.5 hrs up 2 back or so? Perfect weather too. Hope it lasts for the next one!

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Karin Anderson
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Hiked July 20, 2019. Initial slow incline on forest service road before crossing a wide creek, lots of snowmelt...waterproof boots a good Idea! Then a steep incline to the first saddle. Once you can see over the ridge it is disheartening to see a long descent to the valley and forest below (after having just gained so much elevation) where you can then walk relatively flat hugging the slope of the surrounding peaks till you come to the other side of the basin. We crossed creeks and several snowfields then ascended up another saddle ridge (which is a good resting place before the final push) a nearly straight-up climb to the summit on loose rock, passing about 12 cairns along the way. The rocks are chunky and loose but with very little scree along the way—scree being so hard to navigate on steep hillsides—The summit views were stunning as usual. And the wildflowers were abundant and colorful. We had but 25 minutes before the storm clouds gathered and by the time we were off the first saddle ridge, the hail came down hard. Thunder, lightening and rain followed us for a few miles but we hiked in just rain the last couple. The forest service road at the end was a muddy slimy mess and I had to walk mostly on the edge to get traction in the plants. All in all, this was one of the prettier 14ers I’ve hiked, but then I’ve only done 12.

Matt Campbell
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Hiking
First to Review

This was a great hike. It was my first 14er and my wife and I were able to do it. It is more steep than the northern trail. The directions about the 4x4 trail are correct. You need to drive the extra 1.75 miles on forest road 503 to make it to the campsite and the trailhead.

Logan Brandt
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Sloan Robison
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Kelly Smith
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Evan Yoder
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Andrew Cameron
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Kris Littlejohn
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Forrest Burton
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Phil B
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Forrest Burton
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Joe Encinias
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Josh M.
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