Humboldt Peak  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-16, By: Ssgustafson
Info: Made it to 13700 on the ridge and had to turn back due to sustained winds of 40-50 mph and gusts to 70 mph. Temps in upper 20s on the ridge. Absolutely beautiful day around the lakes. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-13, By: cooligan32
Info: Very very windy. Made it to 13,350ft around 10am before we had to turn around due to 40-50mph gusts. There was one other group there that turned around the same time we did. Otherwise no snow on the route and temperature was around 45-50 degrees at the point we turned around at. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-10, By: ktfoote628
Info: Summer conditions! Things in the valley look a bit brown but beautiful hike. It is a nice trail basically to the top so we lost it for a bit and did a bit more boulder hopping than we needed to but the trail was easy to see on the way down. 10 hours for the 16.5 miles from the 2WD. There are signs that the water quality is compromised so please pack out your waste, campers! 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-10-04, By: Shea
Info: Beautiful autumn day, 10-15 deg warmer than forecast, no clouds. Very long and last third very steep. No snow. One guy heading up the switchbacks at 2:30 pm. Many guide books suggest going around the false summits. Be careful. to the left (west) the cairns lead to challenging class 3 scrambling and higher winds. One couple turned back 500 ft from the summit. to the right (east), it's easy to lose altitude in attempts to "traverse". Best to ascend the false summits. the trail is clear and you don't noticeably gain/lose altitude. 10 1/2 hr round trip, started at 6:30 am. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-20, By: HPIvelocity97
Info: South Colony Road is snow free to the 4WD trailhead...no problems on the drive in my Silverado Trail Boss. West Ridge route is basically summer conditions. Snow melt makes the trail a little muddy in some short sections in low lying sections near the lakes. Also a bit of snow on some of the north facing aspect of the ridge to the summit and false summit, but very minor and easily avoidable. Ran into 15-20 or so bighorns too! 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: kampfender
Info: Snow and slush to and past first of South Colony Lakes. Post-holing below the knee as long as you stay on trail. After wringing out the socks above first lake decided to scramble the South-facing slope instead of trudge to switchbacks/saddle. Met the West ridge about 1/2 way up the ridge and descended the East Ridge (icy snow covering all the way down). Saw others summit, a group coming down West Ridge says less than 10 on the day. Doable!! 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-14, By: LivingOnTheEdge
Info: As of the 12th, packed snow at the trailhead and decently packed trench up the road to the split at the old trailhead. We broke trail from there up to the Lower South Colony Lake, but were not prepared for hip deep drifts and constant knee deep slogging. I heard that others broke past us and eventually gave up but at least one made it all the way to the top of Humboldt. Melting pretty quickly, but I wouldn't be surprised if all of that snow doesn't melt off this year. Plan for the potential of full on winter conditions if you want to ensure your success. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-09-07, By: RockingWall
Info: Don't underestimate the 4WD road and have alternate plans for camping if you can't make it up, I turned around in my forester early on the 4wd road. Only 2-3 cars at the upper trailhead were not jeeps or trucks. There is no camping at the lower trailhead and it is private property for 1.7 miles up the 4WD road, luckily we were able to find camping at Music Pass trailhead which is nearby and was much milder to drive up (Very Subaruable but still not a flat road). The ridge section is a step up from a walk up 14'er and requires some route finding, and scrambling. Just below the false summit has a short section of harder scrambling. The rocks during the scramble were mostly stable but some were loose so be careful. We got lured a little down the south flank of the ridge near the false summit on the way down by a patch of dirt that looked like a path, once I realized the terrain was getting steeper and less stable I was able to navigate back up to a cairn. I recommend paying close attention to the cairns. There are a few places where the path takes you close to some gnarly cliffs but these are pretty obvious and easy to navigate around. I would recommend having good 4WD, backpacking up to the lakes, or both as there are tons of gorgeous camp spots near the lakes and starting from the lower trailhead was a brutal 12 hour hike. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-23, By: mc14tonage
Info: Left camp near lower lake at 0500. The air was chilly with mild to moderate winds from the base to the saddle. Once to the saddle, wind picked up significantly and temperature dropped rapidly. The trek from the saddle to about 3/4's up (12,850-13,600) the west ridge to the false summit was very cold and windy. Right as we reached the false summit the sun met our faces and warmed our souls. Between the wind that dipped to a slight breeze, and the warmth of the sun made for an absolutely stunning and perfect summit experience. The climb took just under 4hrs. For less than 6hrs of trekking, an incredible experience it was. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-13, By: bassplayer7
Info: Parked at 2WD and camped near 11,650 - there were quite a few spots available (weekday). The cutover spur trail was just great - no problems. The trail on the ridge was pretty easy to follow to the summit but I also didn't worry about it much. There wasn't anything difficult. Pretty much just a long walk up a mountain. Great views of the Crestones! 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-09, By: durkan
Info: Trail was easy to follow and cairned most of the way. About halfway up from the saddle to the false summit, we did lose the trail a couple times, but having a map to get us back on track helped avoid unnecessary scrambling. Update on that northern spur/shortcut of the South Colony Trail that detors from the road: I found it not as bad as described. It was a little muddy in some places, but enough to step from rock-to-rock; could have dried up since the last report. There was only one downed tree to hurdle, but it was not bad as all its branches were off to prevent snags. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-08-03, By: ablock0
Info: Did big H. after the Crestone traverse. Really steep and direct, No BS. The 'shortcut' to the lakes that leaves the old road is quite muddy and has several down trees. Saves time on the way back but doesn't look like a fun ascent, especially with a pack. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-30, By: Marshall
Info: Got my stock AWD 2005 CR-V to the 4WD TH. Don't know if I'd recommend it, but I did it. All good on the trail. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-26, By: SARAH342
Info: Guys. The 4wd road is not for everyone even if you have 4wd. High clearance a must and definitely experience/confidence needed. Got about 3/4 mile up the 4wd and just parked. I have an 8.5in clearance vehicle with 4wd and wheel lock, moderate 4wd road experience. For reference, I made it up Huron's road in this car just fine. There are 3 spots that require serious momentum and commitment to an intelligent line to get over or you can kiss the underside of your car goodbye. Now for the hike: Began at 2am from 2 miles down the 4wd and reached the summit area at 7am. Seriously the most breathtakingly beautiful 14er I've ever done (this was #24.) The Colony Lakes area with it's view of the Crestones is nothing short of incredible. The hike itself is a gradual incline that delivers you to the final pitch surprisingly quickly. Night hike was the best experience; arrived at the lakes in time for clouds rolling off the peaks at first light and turning peach colored as we made our way up the final mile. Note: EXTREMELY windy at the top portion between 5-8am, the kind of wind that wants to blow you over and freeze you into a popsicle. The hike itself was summer conditions, long (but gentle) and beautiful. Cairn spotting required in the final pitch and easy to lose your line as there seem to be a few ways to finish the ascent. DOG OWNERS BE ADVISED: I will say the final pitch is some large scrambling and my friend's medium sized dog who is very athletic couldn't make the final pitch. He was freezing in his lil' coat from all the wind and whining as he tried to find ways to ascend the big rocks at the top. There was a scary moment when he went for a big jump, slipped and would have fallen backwards and hit his head or worse, continued to tumble down had I not been able to catch him. My friend tried to carry him for a bit, but you really need at least one hand free to maneuver near the top. He sustained a few nicks and cuts on his legs from slipping between the rocks as well. Oh! And and a huge pack of coyotes were heard around 7am on the opposite basin. Lots of marmots as well (dog owners with hunting-drive dogs be aware, they are everywhere and look like fat, delicious dog prizes.) 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-19, By: KurtArn
Info: It was a Saturday morning, we started the hike at the east trailhead. You need Gaia or similar app with the route downloaded. There was very little damage to the “trail”. The first time we saw anyone was when we summited. Going up the east ridge was steeper then the past 11 14ers my 11yo did. There were spots hands and feet were needed. I would think it was a hard 2 or easy 3, but I am no expert. It was decided we would go down the west Ridge. The west ridge has great views. The East Ridge was fun to hike was zero people and zero trail lots of gps use. The loop was 11.18 miles on Strava. Coming up the East Ridge there was a large amount of bear and large cat scat some was streaming fresh. So stay alert. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-12, By: jryor121
Info: Started at 4:17 AM for the sunrise hike. Climbed every single crestone without the traverse the day before. Decided that I should finish off the South Colony Basin peaks before heading out later in the morning. Sunrise made the grind totally worth it. Full summer conditions there wasn't any snow to be found anywhere on the trail. https://www.strava.com/activities/3752555368 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: fsun71
Info: Completely clear of snow on East Ridge approach, summer conditions. As previous users have stated, usage of GPX or other navigation below treeline is greatly beneficial. 
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: Delprincipe_mike
Info: Clear to the summit. Get after it! 
 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-30, By: Lordofthegnar
Info: The road to the trailhead is entirely dry, but as you're likely aware, pretty dang rough. You'll need 4WD/AWD and good clearance. As for the east ridge, definitely download the KML file to Google Earth and keep a close eye on that as it will make the bushwhacking much easier! I will say, the actual bushwhacking is not nearly as extensive as others have posted - there's actually a great trail that leads you along the ridge until the hill starts to steepen considerably - that's where the trail fades and you can pretty much choose your own adventure. Again, having the route on Google Earth comes in super handy. SUPER TIP: My friend and I both discovered the KML file downloaded from 14ers.com wouldn't open unless we emailed it to ourselves. Once you have it, pin the route to your Google Earth. When you last have service, make sure you have it open and switch your phone to airplane mode. Then click on the little dot and make sure you can find your position. DO NOT EXIT out of Google Earth from this point on! You can close your phone, but don't exit directly out of the app. Following these directions will allow you to find your position moving forward even without service. In terms of the mountain - hardly any snow at all save a couple fields that are totally and easily avoidable. We had a pristinely sunny day with some decent wind on the way up but calm conditions on the way down. We met up with two dudes who hiked the standard route and had to hang back for 40 minutes as they encountered 2 mountain lions in the dark! If you go the east ridge, definitely make noise as you smash your way through the woods.  
 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-29, By: Agstrohmeier
Info: Couple patches of snow around treeline, otherwise clear. Trail is mostly uncovered and easy to follow. 
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