|Peak:||Humboldt Peak (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||12/24/2011|
For you the group hiking this route on Dec 26th, I think you will find my broken trail immensely helpful, at least until it stops. Consider it my Xmas present to all of you.
Started at the winter road closure at 5:30am. I had snowshoes on the whole day, and did an insane amount of trail breaking up the 3.1 miles of 4-wheel drive trail to the Rainbow Trail, and then another 1.5 or 2 miles or so to about 11,800 ft. where the snow was so deep I could not continue, not to mention it was already 11:30am at this point.
The snow was not bad on the 4-wheel drive trail, but don't even think about driving it unless you have a modified Jeep with chains and a shovel to dig yourself out of trouble. When I got back to the road closure it looks as if someone tried to take their Ford Explorer up this road about a 1/4 mile before they obviously got stuck.
The snow on the rainbow trail was deep and got much deeper the further up you went. With snowshoes, I was up to my knees or thighs all day. Where I turned around was where I was sinking to my waist (pic 3 shows this depth I think).
Snowshoes are an absolute MUST on this trail. Even with them, you still may be snafu.
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