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Route  Conditions Information  Posted By   Posted On    Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2014-10-25  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  Drove up to the trail head on the 4x4 road past Equity Mine that is mentioned on the route description. Road was clear of snow but had some small puddles that iced over in the morning. About 50% of the trail is snow covered and due to warmer conditions we were post holing for the most part on any section that was snow covered on a north face. The snow was stable but it would have been good to have flotation and gaiters. Overall The trail was in good condition and did not prove to be a technical challenge. One word of wisdom would be to get out early as this is a longer hike, took us about 8 hours to complete due to the snow slowing us down significantly. Tip* We got a little turned around at the very beginning of the route, there is a nice trail that goes north of the The old 4x4 road mentioned in the route, THIS is not the correct trail! Look for a small carin that marks the old 4x4 road that gains the first saddle, once on the 4x4 road it is easy to follow. ksteinhaus   2014-10-27 5     Edit Delete 
2014-10-24  Northeast Ridge  Trail is dry until treeline and snow packed on the climb up to the saddle. From the saddle to the summit there are patches of snow that are avoidable, but also easy to traverse. Snow is firm and easy to kick-step, brought microspikes and poles but did not use either. ebromfield   2014-10-26  0     Edit Delete 
2014-10-17  Northeast Ridge  Similar conditions to the last report... that should change in the next few days with snow forecast. A GPS is needed to stay on the snowy trail leading up to the saddle. I brought Yaktrax but never wore them. (continued on the Baldy Alto page) TakeMeToYourSummit   2014-10-18 6  1    Edit Delete 
2014-10-08  Northeast Ridge  Snow above 12k, knee deep in sections. No need for snowshoes. Microspikes are helpful above 13k. The road to TH is dry. Watch out for a BIG moose along Stewart Creek. I ran into him at 3am (did a night hike) and it was a moderately scary encounter seeing as he was only 15 feet away from me and I was by myself. In fact, I never saw another person the whole time I was out there. awilbur77   2014-10-08  0  1    Edit Delete 
2014-07-11  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  Route is open all the way to the summit from the trailhead with only two small patches of snow to cross. The only suggestion I can give with all the recent weather is a very early start to avoid the lightning. 14RBND   2014-07-16 1  1  Edit Delete 
2014-07-01  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  A few snow fields but all are easily crossable. No ax or spikes needed. Also, I took the "point fest" (the 13ers ridge South of the South Ridge route) route on the way up San Luis and this was also free of snow. scottaskinger   2014-07-06  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-24  Northeast Ridge  The parking lot next to the Stewart Creek TH is being closed down. Parking will be available along the road. Bathrooms should be added to the TH also. The pine trees have mostly died due to the beetle along the trail. The hike down is relitively easy on the knees. The_Flex   2014-06-25 1  2    Edit Delete 
2014-06-24  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  The route was wet/muddy in places with approximately 5-10 snowfield crossings. It may be prudent to bring microspikes and gaiters but they aren‘t a necessity. There are lots of beautiful high alpine flowers in bloom right now so bring your camera. rhickman213   2014-06-24  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-21  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  4WD Trailhead is accessible for any 4WD with decent clearance (my 4Runner had no problems). The route has a handful of mid-size snow fields that require crossing. They were nice and solid early in the morning, but we experienced some postholing on the way back. Overall nearly summer conditions on San Luis from West Willow Creek. It was a great day - we were the only ones who climbed San Luis from West Willow Creek on a Saturday in late June! csmith   2014-06-21  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-19  Northeast Ridge  The drive from Hwy 114 on the dirt road is long. 27 miles of moderately rough 2wd dirt road. The two stream crossings are not worrisome if you have made it that far - 6-10 inches of water with low likelihood of not making it across. The trail itself is in good shape. Some patches of running water/mud in the first 4 miles but easily avoidable. Had 4 snow crossings, 2 in the basin and 2 on the northeast ridge. Didn‘t wear spikes, gaiters or anything special. Don‘t believe the sign at the trail head which says 5 1/2 miles to San Luis Peak. It was 6.9 miles each way on my GPS. scootmanjones   2014-06-20  0     Edit Delete 
2014-06-14  Northeast Ridge  Route was simple and straight forward to navigate. The lower portion of the trail is muddy in a few spots but nothing that you cant easily avoid. There are two places you need to cross the stream but we were able to find places near by to cross (old logs or narrow spots to jump). Once into the basin there are a few snowfields to cross. They were nice and firm in the morning but by 9 am they were starting to soften up. On the upper ridge, the snow fields was pretty easy to navigate and again were firm in the morning. We did not bring any microspikes or snowshoes and we didnt need them. Snow is melting fast! michaelgrundy   2014-06-16 3     Edit Delete 
2014-05-27  Northeast Ridge  Trail is very wet in some places, around 11,800 it is obstructed by intermittent large snowdrifts which makes route finding difficult. Above 12,000 it is still covered by several feet of snow. Due to very warm temperatures by 9am, we decided to turn back at 12,300 instead of postholing through waist-high sloppy mashed potatoes. bunny256   2014-05-28  0  8 1  Edit Delete 
2014-05-10  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  Thanks phatteus for your report on 4May2014. This is an update to that. There‘s also a TH update. The road was closed at the turn-off at Equity Mine due to snow. We skinned/walked from the parking area to the trailhead, approximately 2 miles. It was a slow few miles with inconsistent patches of snow. At the trailhead it was fine for skinning. I carried skis though 4 small, dry patches between the actual TH and the summit and ditched them at 13800ft. Snow was mostly hard packed all day. Below ~12500 it was soft for turns but never soft enough to necessitate flotation. DynamicPursuits   2014-05-11 4     Edit Delete 
2014-05-02  West Slopes  The road is open pretty much to Equity Mine or certainly will be clear in another few days. One other Tacoma and I parked about 100 yards shy of the Equity Mine. The road up to the turn off for the alternate pass was mostly skiable thanks lots to the recent snow storm but will not remain so for long. The Yawner Gullies are in and were a beautiful powder filled bliss ride from top to bottom. As always, a long trip with lots of uphill battles but plenty of snow. Being a boarder without a split board, I boot packed up the Yawners to the summit while two skiers that were there stayed high and were able to skin all the way up the south ridge. I did not use snow shoes and post holed waist high maybe a dozen times or more, no real problem with staying on top of the snow. I did use crampons on the climb up the gullies and would not have felt safe without them. Attached are photos of some menacing cornices along the way (avoidable) and a shot of the Yawner gullies as well as an early morning shot leading up to point 12540‘. The final shot is the route all three of us rode down the mountain. There were definitely signs of large wet slides from before this last storm both on San Luis and the surrounding peaks. phatteus   2014-05-04 4     Edit Delete 
2013-11-02  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  Started from the parking area near the Equity Mine due to deep snow on the road to the 4WD TH. Used snowshoes to gain the 12,300‘ saddle east of Point 12,540 (snowshoes were definitely necessary from this point on). Made it to the second saddle at 12,360‘ and decided not to descend into the basin due to avy danger. Tried to ridge walk around the basin, but after being pummeled by high winds for 30 minutes decided to call it a day. KTC88   2013-11-04  0     Edit Delete 
2013-10-21  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  No traction was needed up to the first saddle and up the summit ridge, but snowshoes very helpful along the Colorado Trail section. We ditched our snowshoes at the base of the summit ridge. bmcconahey   2013-10-22 3     Edit Delete 
2013-06-24  Northeast Ridge  It was very windy on the saddle, but no snow. Summer conditions on San Luis. sheller   2013-06-25  0  2    Edit Delete 
2013-06-15  Northeast Ridge  Trail is in good shape and dry the entire route, except for one small snow patch about 20‘ long. The weather was great today and we only saw 3 other people all day. It took us 6 hours and 15 to complete the 13 miles round trip, not including the 45 minutes we spent on the summit relaxing and enjoying the views in the nice weather we had. Be aware the rocks and logs at the creek crossings have a thin and hard to see coating of ice on them first thing early in the morning. My-Therapy   2013-06-15  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-09  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  About a dozen Snow Crossings. Mostly dry. Bring Gaiters and walking stick illusion7il   2013-06-09  0     Edit Delete 
2013-03-20  South Ridge from West Willow Creek  Although I didn‘t summit, I hiked up from the Equity Mine today and I wanted to add a little info to the most recent trip report: The county road to the equity mine has dried out quite a bit and is totally passable by 2WD cars. Use caution, though, because I hit a big, loose rock that was camouflaged in a shadow and blew a tire. San Juan Snowcat has been out in the last week and the cat road up to the CDT is solid. I definitely preferred the road over the streambed which is drifted in with unconsolidated snow. My other concern was that, although the streambed walls are short, there are precarious cornices that could pile up pretty deep in the terrain trap created by the streambed. Albeit much less recently, the snowcat has also packed out the stream crossing shown in photo 2 of the normal route description. Definitely the preferred route if you‘re snowshoeing. For the most part, snow seemed nicely consolidated and I didn‘t observe any indication of instability. That doesn‘t mean there aren‘t deeply buried persistent slabs, but I felt that the probability of release was low. Lastly, the peak still appeared skiable from the summit, especially the line furthest West. KyleS   2013-03-20  0     Edit Delete 

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