|Peak:||Humboldt Peak (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||12/01/2012|
Did the standard west ridge.
Made the upper trailhead in our Subaru Outback (granted, with off-road tires). Starting around 1.5 miles from the parking lot, the were some drifts and icy spots. The parking lot image (photo 1) suggest the road conditions.
Snow was consistent until reaching the lower lake. The snow became patchy between the lower and upper lake (photo 2).
The approach to the saddle: bone dry (photo 3).
The ridge itself: also bone dry (photo 4).
Had the ax and micospikes... never used them. Didn't use snowshoes either, as there is a warn boot path in the lower elevations. Of course, the next snow will change all of that.
Photos (click for slideshow):