San Luis Peak - North Summit Route
ElevationAscent: 3,563' 1,086 m
Descent: -3,563' -1,086 m
High: 13,969' 4,258 m
Low: 10,478' 3,194 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 58% (30°)
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“One of the most remote and easiest Colorado 14ers.”— Tyler Prince
Head west on a clear trail along Stewart Creek. The grade remains low and there are very few rocks or roots for about 4 miles. After 4 miles, the trees begin to thin as you enter a clearing at 12,000 ft. There are multiple drainages in this area, some of which you may have to traverse depending on the condition of the trail. At 12,300 ft turn left (SW) and head through some willows, coming to a wider creek.
From here, the grade begins to increase. Cross the creek and continue up a steeper slope, still on good trail, until you reach a small saddle. From here, bear west, leaving the Stewart Creek Trail and heading up the San Luis Peak Trail at around 12,800 ft. At 13,000 ft the trail becomes a talus field, still wide and with consistent fist-sized rocks. Continue on the left side of a rocky ridge, cresting around 13,700 ft. From here, follow a clear trail up some switchbacks to an obvious summit with a USGS marker. Depending on the time of year, you may be the only person within a 30 mile radius.
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