|Peak:||Humboldt Peak (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||03/10/2012|
It's 2.25 miles from the winter closure to the Rainbow TH. Early in the morning, esp. if you don't weigh too much, you can do this part without snowshoes. From the TH to treeline, though, it's a different story. Snowshoes are definitely required. The trench is pretty solid and well-defined but if you go off of it you're looking at 3-4 feet of soft snow. The one portion where snowshoes are just a pain is walking up from the creek to the ridge (lots of bare ground, some snow patches). Above treeline, the snowshoes can be cached. Microspikes are useful, especially on some parts of the final 500 vertical feet to the summit. It's a long hike, with 5600' of elevation gain. I tend to consume a little more water than most, but I took 5 liters with me and had half a liter left at the end of the day. Trekking poles are a definite asset, especially on some of the steeper pitches in the trees.
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