Humboldt Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-30, By: climbskiyogi
Info: Road is dry at first, then covered in snow up to the 4wd TH. I only found that it made the drive slightly more difficult on the way up - had to floor it in 2 spots, but I only have an Outback with AS tires. Going down was totally fine. It's obviously been driven on a bit since it snowed. No ice to worry about. Got a super late start and didnt see another person all day, so I stopped at the saddle and headed down before it got dark. The West Ridge up to the summit had a dusting of snow but looked totally fine. The trail up to the lakes is now snow covered, but not much snow and well trenched. Random bits of snow on the trail up to the saddle. Wore spikes on the way up but were not necessary. Didn't wear them on the way down. Beautiful day to see the Crestones! 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-22, By: Jack_H
Info: Around 1 inch of hard packed snow with ice beneath below treeline but sporadic so never put on traction. Poles were helpful. There were small patches of snow above treeline. 
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Route: East Ridge - West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-22, By: zahkopunk
Info: Overnight snowfall covered most of the area in a very light dusting. We stepped off from the Rainbow Trail TH at 7a and reached summit at about 1030a. By the time we'd got above treeline climbing up the east ridge, the calm weather and sunny sky was already melting the snow but the dusting sustained most of the day. We descended the west ridge which held a good bit more snow, naturally. Dropping down from Humboldt ridge was smooth and clear almost all the way to the road, with only a few small patches of ice. The closer we got to the South Colony TH the more ice there was. Traction could be beneficial here, but only useful in short spurts. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-21, By: Balancing1076
Info: Trail was clear the whole way. A couple of very thin, easy snow patches. The multitudes of creeks were frozen and or freezing but easily crossable. The wide, road like trail leading up to the trail split where you right for Humboldt had long stretches of ice that required walking on the edge of trail way. The ice was super slick and yaktrax weren't enough to prevent you from going over like a bowling pin. If you are taking the west ridge be sure to keep right on the false summit. Road to 4WD was clear- tough on our high clearance tundra. We had some big Boulder scrapes as we attempted to drive up and down. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-13, By: soundchaser2112
Info: Parked at the 2WD trailhead bushwhacked up the east ridge and went down the west ridge. Negligible snow patches on the east ridge, virtually dry. Some shallow snow on the west ridge and many stretches of ice on the approach. Didn't use traction and wore gaiters but they weren't necessary. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-31, By: geg86
Info: Snow and ice on first couple miles after the upper TH. Spikes were nice on the descent, but you could probably get away without them for now. Ridge was mostly dry. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-14, By: drchele
Info: The area received 4" of snow on 10/12, and it starts around 10,500 as you hike up the upper South Colony Lakes road above the parking at the 9950' gated section. Once you depart the road at the signed junction (second set of kiosks and the former upper 4WD TH at 11,020), the snow is about 4" deep and soft, now with a partly-packed trail (two sets of tracks, out and back from 10/13/21), and drifts in this area start when you hit the willows, occasionally deep enough to posthole to the knee and rarely to the hip, but not frequently enough to warrant flotation unless you like to lug extra gear and don/doff it all day. East ridge really does not have enough snow to make it feasible, so I took West Ridge. Both lakes appear to be frozen over with animal tracks across the a portion of the surface. Once you leave the lake basin and turn right up the switchbacks to the saddle, the route is sparsely bootpacked with only one set of out/back tracks (mine), and several long sections required cutting in steps due to postholing to the mid-shin and knee-- very doable, but just made for slow laborious travel. I wore microspikes and the slope really wasn't steep enough to warrant an ice axe (unless it gets icy, and the snow was pretty soft on 10/13 anyway). Once you hit the saddle, there is remarkably less drifting, but some talus is snow/frost covered (1" or so) although snow is deeper in the rock gaps and along parts of the dirt route, so use care. I chose to leave my spikes on to prevent slipping on snow/ice above 12,500', all the way to the summit, but not necessary -- it was windy ~30 mph, with wind chill of -7 so taking spikes on/off repeatedly wasn't ideal. I'd recommend this only if you feel comfortable wearing spikes on talus, since the route is a mix (more boulders than snow). I stayed left along the ridge above the saddle, and bore right around the false summit, but not as far right as the guide suggests. At the summit, there is a windbreak of rock that contains a PVC register, and it is pretty shielded from the wind with room for 2-3 people at the most. I had the entire mountain to myself this date. I down climbed the route from the summit back to the saddle without my spikes and it felt more steady. Route finding through the talus was (as it usually is) easier on the way down. With the conditions, some time-intensive route finding, and breaking trail, it 'felt harder' than the usual class 2. Round-trip route was between 11 and 11.5 miles, depending on the source (I tracked using GAIA, InReach, and Strava). Hiking from the lake down the road was long and tedious, but it was no Lake Como. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-04, By: jess10611
Info: Hiked 10/2. Completely cloudy/foggy to start. Trail free of ice/snow until the saddle. After that there was a decent dusting of recent snow (and it snowed a bit during the hike). Had microspikes but it wasn't enough to warrant using them. On the descent the sun did come out, likely not enough to melt the recent dusting though. Will post pictures shortly. Also - thank you to the kind couple who found and returned my dogs bootie! 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-29, By: Old Hickory
Info: This was a 'bluebird day' on Humboldt, if you define 'b.d.' as including partly-cloudy. The clouds did not appear threatening. No precipitation except for occasional snow flurries. Some ice crystals seen on the trail and on the mountain. The rocks, though, were completely dry. Winds were moderate. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-21, By: Troyister
Info: Easy fun hike after 4 days in the South Colony basin climbing other peaks. Wind was brutal on the way up. Coolest part was the Wet Mountain Valley to the east was completely cover in clouds with mountains peaks above the clouds here and there. To the west in the San Lius Valley there was not a single cloud. Views of the Crestone Peaks and up and down the Sangre De Cristo's are best from Humboldt in my opinion. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-09-13, By: jdanley
Info: Started at 6 am from our campsite at South Colony lake, and summitted shortly before 9 am with a very relaxed pace. Was the first person to summit that day, and only saw half a dozen others on my descent. The weather was forgiving, but the wind was a bit heavy, especially along the right/south side of the ridge above the saddle. Cairns are in good condition through the rock-hoppy sections, but I didn't rely on them too heavily, especially on the descent. Views of the Crestones and surrounding peaks were breathtaking, especially in the morning light. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-31, By: Than217
Info: My first time attempting Humboldt Peak. It was a great hike, amazing views off the big cliff at the top saddle and off the summit of the surrounding area. Great views of the Crestones and I could even clearly see Blanca Peak in the distance. Had the summit all to myself for an hour. The summit register needs a notepad/notebook though. There were only a couple scraps of paper inside with a pen. Some people had even scrawled their summit log on the edge of some hiking manual pages. It was lightly snowing on me while descending at 4PM but perfect weather just 45 minutes earlier when I was on the summit. Also the trail is a little hard to follow in a section around 13,700 feet and I suspect someone has made false cairns toward the north of the original trail. Everyone followed this path down by mistake while I was ascending and I did as well while descending even know it was there beforehand. But at no point did I feel in danger going off trail on this bad path with fake cairns. The trail from the Lower South Colony Lakes Parking parking to the Upper South Colony Parking is quite rough if you don't have a good 4WD vehicle or experience driving on 4WD roads. Overall I can't recommend Humboldt Peak more highly. Of the five 14ers I've attempted (Longs, Challenger, Grays, Elbert, and Humboldt) this is my favorite so far. My first 14er in seven years and a great one to restart with. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-29, By: The_Ramp
Info: Started from upper S Colony Lake TH a little before 4AM - took me about 3.5 hrs to summit. It'd been ten years since I was up here so brought the dog; probably not the best route for a dog with a lot of talus hopping as you head up the main ridge line. Had most of the climb and the summit to myself with a handful of folks coming up as I descended. Enjoyed watching the headlamps ascending Broken Hand in the dark. Best part of the hike is the amazing views of the Crestones and S Colony Lakes on descent. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-08, By: Dignus
Info: Similar to my report for the Needle there was haze from wildfires to the west. Shortly after I summited I got a nosebleed which I believe was from breathing in smoke all day. The trail below treeline is pretty muddy and had a few spots of deep standing water. Got my feet thoroughly soaked for the second time that day. Again repeating info from my Needle report the forest service is requesting that you pack out your poo. Noticed some fresh stuff just laying in the middle of the rocks at about 13500'. Trail is fairly obvious but if you're the type to zone out be careful not to wander off into the side trails that lead to campsites. Shoutout to the group that gave me salami in exchange for taking their picture! 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-17, By: PJ88
Info: Trail is clear the whole way but does have some wet spots. Nothing serious though. I went up the West Ridge and down the East Ridge. That was a mistake. It saved some time and miles, but was not worth the extra effort of bushwhacking through the trees. Left the car at 4:30AM in the 2WD parking and returned at 12:30PM. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-11, By: madmattd
Info: The only snow encountered was seen on the sides of the Crestones. Nothing on the trail to Humboldt, full summer conditions. A few brief muddy spots through the willows near the lower lake - walk through it/hop on the rocks through the mud, don't make side trails around it! The "trail" gets a little hard to discern a few hundred feet above the saddle. Generally, stay right on the ridge or slightly to climber's right and you'll find cairns and trail segments, and less unstable talus. LOTS of marmots around from the saddle up to near the summit. Saw a coyote running through the rocks near the spur trail to the upper lake in the morning. Tons of campsites between 11,600-11,700'. The good ones are not the ones you see 3' off the trail, just saying... No camping within 300' of the lakes, which is further than you think. Don't be the group camped maybe 50' away from the lower lake in the willows! Fire ban in this area, no backcountry campfires allowed. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-02, By: Gzaharatos82
Info: Rained all night so road/trail leading up to s colony lakes was very muddy. Willows were also real wet early this am and got my pants wet. Waterproof pants/boots may be helpful if rain is in the PM forecast. Two ten step, flat snow fields. No big deal. Slightly challenging to find the route above 13,200ish but if you use an app like all trails or the like it'll help keep you on track. Beautiful morning on the summit. Was on top by myself at 8, back at car at 1130. Clocked in at 12 miles from 4wd trailhead, which is 1 mile more than the route description here. Go get it! 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-23, By: Dkotula
Info: Basically summer conditions. Two very minor snow fields, no more than 30-40ft in length. No post holing, no traction needed. It was warm, I can't imagine they'll be around for much longer. Some of the trail is wet and muddy, but I used trail runners and didn't need my extra pair of socks. EDIT: This would be the best, most expansive view of the Crestones I had. But it would be the east side, so probably not what you're looking for. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-22, By: Sottyman
Info: Pretty much mirroring what Mitsugi said. Basically 100% dry. There were a few mashed potato fields and a few pieces of wet/muddy trail around the lakes, otherwise 100% summer conditions. Agree on the 2 day bit as well. I parked at the 2WD trailhead and started hiking at 6am sharp, and got to the top about 11-11:15. Back to the car about 3:15. Long day, but luckily the weather cooperated! Next time I'll head up the night before and camp out. -Mike 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-20, By: Mitsugi
Info: Pretty much 100% dry. You don't need anything but boots for this one. Windy on the ridge but it goes away at the class 2 scramble section around 13,700. This hike is pretty easy but the distance is a bear. If you're walking from the 2WD, my take is, this is a 2 day hike. 

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