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San Luis Peak
One of the most difficult Colorado 14er summits to reach.
- 19 km
- 1.1 km
- 1.1 km
- 5-6 hrs
- Low Point
- 3.2 km
- High Point
- 4.3 km
San Luis Peak is “situated about 2 hours from the nearest paved road,” according to Kilimanjaro1 on SummitPost.org. “You have to want to climb this one to make the effort to get there,” he continues.
On top of this lengthy gravel road approach, “before reaching the trailhead, the dirt road crosses Pauline and Nutras Creeks,” according to 14ers.com. "There are smooth, cement slabs to make the crossings easier but you will still need a good-clearance vehicle,” they continue.
Once you finally reach the trailhead, you’re practically halfway there! Continue your ascent of San Luis Peak by hiking up the Stewart Creek Trail. The trail slowly climbs up a valley, crossing the stream a few times before breaking out of the trees. The route bears southwest, eventually ascending a wide slope to the ridgeline. Once on the ridge, follow it up and right to a low point, then head further south and west to reach the summit of San Luis Peak.
Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.
Best time to visit
- Summit Hike
Guidebooks in this area
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