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 Peak:  Humboldt Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Exiled Michigander
 Date of Information:  05/28/2011
 Date Posted:  05/30/2011
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I only made it up to around 11,700 ft. when I was turned back by high winds, but here are the conditions up to that point.

The road to the 9,800 ft. trailhead is in excellent condition; even cars with low clearance shouldn't have any problems making it if they drive slowly. Don't waste your energy by parking at the lower 8,800 ft. trailhead.

You can make it from the 9,800 ft. trailhead to the old 4wd trailhead at ~11,100 ft without touching much snow or ice, although there are a few stream crossings that you have to navigate. Past the old 4wd trailhead, snowshoes are unfortunately still necessary or you'll be postholing big-time. Image #1 shows Humboldt's south side--not much snow on its high slopes. Image #2 is the Broken Hand Pass. Image #3 is of Humboldt taken from CO-119. The photos are a bit deceptive, as they show very little snow. However, you definitely will need snowshoes from at least 11,100 ft. to the saddle.

Also, FYI, I met a few guys on my way down who had climbed Cresstone Peak the day before. They said Broken Hand Pass gets VERY sloppy in the late afternoon.



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  • Comments or Questions
MountainHiker


Are you kidding?     2011-05-30 22:10:01
”The road to the 9,800 ft. trailhead is in excellent condition; even cars with low clearance shouldn't have any problems making it if they drive slowly.”
For this to be true there must have been a grader working on it since the day before when I drove it. I would call it easy 4WD on the 27th. But excellent for low clearance 2WD? No. Possible for carefully driven sturdy 2WD would be more accurate.



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