San Luis Peak - South Summit Route
ElevationAscent: 3,784' 1,154 m
Descent: -3,783' -1,153 m
High: 13,974' 4,259 m
Low: 11,128' 3,392 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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“One of the most remote and easiest Colorado 14ers.”— Donald McClure
From the upper parking area, head up the first (steep) section to meet the Colorado Trail (CT) on the Continental Divide. This section is short but steep, so grit your teeth and get through it. It's well worth it.
Finding the connection to the Colorado Trail (CT) can be challenging as the connector trail is lightly used. The Colorado Trail (CT) is obvious though. Once you hit it, turn right (east). You should be able to see San Luis Peak in the distance across a wide open bowl.
Follow the Colorado Trail (CT) down and around the big bowl until you reach a saddle at the base of the climb to the summit. Here you get off of the Colorado Trail (CT) and onto the Southern Ridge Trail, which is rocky but very manageable and short.
Reach the summit, snap a few photos, and take some time at the summit to admire the views that you earned! Once you've had your fill at the top, turn around and head back!
For a little extra mileage, you can descend the north side on the San Luis Peak Trail, which will connect back to the Colorado Trail (CT) farther to the east. Make sure to make a right turn at the Colorado Trail (CT) to get going back in the direction that you came.
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