Summary: From the trailhead follow the old road up the valley. The road will end after a short while but an obvious hikers path will continue to the right. Take that trail up to lower South Colony Lake. Below the Lake you must take the trail that crosses over the stream and heads up to upper South Colony Lake. Just before the trail gets to that lake you will see a series of switchbacks leading up to your right. Take these up to the saddle. Then follow the ridge back east to the summit. There are several trails along the ridge, but it's best to stay on the very top of the ridge.
Trailhead: From the town of WestCliffe head South on Highway 69 for 4.3 miles. Turn right onto Colfax Lane. Follow Colfax Lane to a T in the road and turn right. You are now on Colony Road. Follow this road to it's end at the trailhead. This is a rough 4X4 road, and gets continually worse as you go. Go as far as you are willing then pull into one of the many pull outs and hike the rest if necessary. (Lat:37.96336 Lon:-105.54646)
Trail Guides for Humboldt Peak:
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Saguache Ranger Station 719-655-2553
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Greens On 14s on 10/28/2005
did this on Oct 19, 2005, my first 14er. 4wd road getting up was a treat, glad my buddy drove his car! we camped right along road in area w/out much snow, woke up early next morn and headed up towards the South Colony Lakes. From the lakes up, its almost 1000 vert straight up. We're young healthy guys and we were stopping frquently. Finally made it to false peak and had short walk to real peak. When you reach peak, be sure to burn a fatty! Nothing like hitting greens on 14's. Took us 7 hours but we didn't make it all the way to the top of 4wd road with his stock 97 Mercury Mountaineer.
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