|Peak:||Humboldt Peak (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Posted By:||Exiled Michigander|
|Date of Information:||05/28/2011|
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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