Humboldt Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-08-07, By: andlours
Info: Made it to the upper trailhead in a lifted Tacoma no problem. Surprisingly, the upper parking lot was nearly full when I arrived at 4:15AM. I definitely would not be comfortable taking anything with low ground clearance/no low range gearing up this. Any stock 4WD will definitely be fine. I'd just be incredibly uncomfortable in a crossover. There is some water on the road after the closure and on the trail after it forks toward Upper Colony Lake. Nothing too bad, but you have to do a bit of rock hopping to avoid getting your feet wet. The trail is really great until the false summit. It's good, but easy to lose when working your way to the right of the false summit. I wore shorts and a t-shirt the whole time and had no issues with bugs. There were flies below tree line, but I didn't wear bug spray and never got bitten by any mosquitos. It's a great time to get out and tackle this peak. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-28, By: jordanthebuff
Info: Lots of flies and bugs on the trail. I wore long pants and sleeves and they mostly didn't bother me except when I stopped at a creek to filter some water. The ridge was well cairned and the trail is straight forward. The portion of the trail between the old trailhead and treeline has about 35-40 downed trees that you need to go over. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-25, By: Eagle Eye
Info: I made a nice early morning trip up Humboldt Peak yesterday, arriving at 8:23 am. It had rained some during the night. The lower, road section of the route was draining and there was some water/mud. I counted 38 trees that are down across the Humboldt spur trail, in the woods. It seemed like "a lot" on the way up and I counted on the way down. I spent almost 45 minutes on the summit, it seemed like many other people arriving early did, too. On the way down there were a lot of small black flies (and less of bigger, horseflies) around, but I didn't have bug spray on and don't think I got but a couple of bites. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-09, By: Mark Goldstein
Info: Summit was dry and summer like conditions. No wind. Beautiful conditions. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-08, By: tdurty
Info: No snow whatsoever, but ample mud and running water along the trail, especially past the bridge and up to the old trailhead. Ankle gaiters were perfect. Of other significant note is the volume of mosquitoes in the afternoon. Very glad I brought my bug spray with me, they were visibly buzzing around as soon as you get back down to treeline. Such a beautiful area, enjoy! 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-04, By: DorothyK
Info: First off, good news, no snow whatsoever anywhere. Otherwise, very lush & moist: water running down the trail from the 4wd trailhead up to the lakes. Lots of log hopping on the spur trail off the main trail as you head up towards the lakes, so not ideal for backpacking. Great trail work on the switchbacks. Some rock hopping the last 1/4 mile to the summit. The main talking point at this time of the year are the afternoon t-storms. Start early & finish early. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-28, By: tash1919
Info: Summer conditions up to Humboldt summit, no snow. about 20 trees blocking the path in tree line once you leave the old dirt road. Was in fog most the day so not a lot of good pictures. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-11, By: trailboss88
Info: Trail is completely dry except for water running on the main road. Quite a few blowdown trees to cross after wilderness boundary. 
Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: Watlas
Info: Summer conditions, go go go. Also, rangers cleared all the trees out while we were there. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: truekyle
Info: Would NOT recommend climbing right now. My dog and I did make the summit but it was not worth the route finding and post holding all day. More snow than I expected. For those who are looking to go, Be prepared to be wet all day, never find the proper trail, and posthold all day. We started at 0430 and that didn't make a deference. the route we took was basically up the south slopes to gain the ridge. Also be ready for the endless down trees along the entire route. On a positive note: I have now finished the Sangre De Cristo peaks and #53! 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-27, By: kcovingt1
Info: East ridge is out of season. Made it to treeline and turned around. Hit significant snow around 10,000 and it did not freeze overnight so we were walking with lakes in our boots before treeline. We thought with the recent storm this route would be doable but it is a lot of bush whacking and route finding. 
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Route: West Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-16, By: halfapackofapache
Info: There are TONS of downed trees on the trail from the upper colony TH to the upper colony lake. Drove all the way to upper TH. Trail is wet in many areas to upper lake from the run off. There are several snow patches before tree line but not much left of it. Once above tree line trail is dry and feels like summer. I split off for Columbia point around 12.8k but took a picture of the upper ridge to humbolt from there. 
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Route: Southeast Gully
Posted On: 2022-05-08, By: Crestoner
Info: We climbed the SE gully snow yesterday. There is still continuous snow from treeline to ~500 feet below the east ridge...we engaged the snow ~100 feet below that last clump of trees. It was a long slog, but technically easy due to nice crampon/ax penetration and highly sun-cupped surface. The last ~200 feet of snow was rotten...a lot of annoying punch-throughs among the visible and barely buried rocks. We were considering descending the east ridge, and then dropping back down to the South Colony Lakes Road, but the wind up high was hellish. We made the wise...and fun...decision to descend the way we came. We got back on the snow ~700 below the ridge (deeper, no punching through), and descended with just our poles...no crampons or ice axes. The surface was now quite softened by the sun, and we had no trouble controlling glissades and plunge-stepping our way down...plus, the run-out is great. Between the 4WD trailhead and the gully turnoff, there are quite a few downed trees. 
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Route: Southeast Gully
Posted On: 2022-05-02, By: tiffts16
Info: Attempted to climb and ski the southeast gully on Saturday (4/30) without success. The road is almost clear enough from snow to get to the forest boundary line however couldn't make it up one snowy section with my Crosstrek so turned around and slept at the 2wd trailhead. Started at 5am hiking up with skis thinking I'd be able to skin most of the road from just beyond where I couldn't get my car past to the base of the gully. This was not the case. The road has very intermittent snow until the gully and so never got the skins out and just hiked with skis on the pack. Turning at the gully the snow was still supportive but intermittent. Getting around the cliff area at the base of the gully is a lot of bush whacking and difficult because of either a somewhat recent avalanche this past season or windfall. We turned around about 500ft before treeline as it was quickly warming and the snow was not going to be supportive on the return trip to the trailhead if we waited longer. Lesson learned need to start much earlier for this route and would be best to have done it a few weeks ago. If you're planning to ski this, I would recommend using the east ridge to ascend and then only come down this route. The gully still had a decent amount of snow and will probably be skiable for another month if you're willing to hike your skis most of the way in and out. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-30, By: JCar029
Info: Summited Humboldt today, April 30th, via the east ridge. 4wd road is decent, we made it to the San Isabel National Forest sign (about 0.7 miles from rainbow trail turnoff) before snow stopped us, but there was a Tacoma another half mile up. The trees are mostly snowfilled with patches of dry ground, and some of the drifts are at least three feet deep. Above treeline, it's basically snow free, aside from 1 large patch on the first big hill above the trees. Brought microspikes and snowshoes, but didn't use either. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-26, By: JasonCrane
Info: 2nd attempt this Winter/Spring for glory in the Sangres came up short on Sunday. Reached 12k feet, not far above tree-line on East Ridge Route (starting from 2WD lower TH.) High peaks were swallowed by low cloud ceilings, persistent snow & limited visibility all morning, into the evening & overnight. Sun night/Mon morning's snow left several inches of new accumulation. Rainbow Trail is “spring conditions” – dry in places, muddy in places & patches of snow in places. I counted 5-6 blow downs. East Ridge is still holding a significant amount of snow up to the alpine grassy area a few hundred feet above tree-line. I topped out at 12k in view of the massive bowl, upper ridge & false summit. No sign of a trench present, however a bit of a herd path of faint remnants of various hiker tracks leading through the forest. Carried both snow shoes & spikes, but never used them. Snow on East Ridge is that hard crusted, crunchy snow in the morning & disintegrates into slightly softer, corn snow by afternoon. South Colony Lakes Road is dry until approx. 1.5 miles, then about 2+ feet of snow remain & will likely pose a challenge for any vehicles striving the reach the 4WD TH. It appears a couple of vehicles attempted to push higher up the road, as evidenced by very deep snow ruts. Any semblance of tracks disappeared several hundred yards below the Rainbow Trail junction. Use your best judgement. 
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Route: Southeast Gully
Posted On: 2022-04-17, By: jslove1
Info: Did the SE Gully today. Was able to ski from probably 13.9k or so, but with some creative rock navigation at the start. Left the 2wd parking at 4am, summitted about 10am, and started the ski around 11am. Some sections were pretty great skiing. Wouldn't have wanted to ski it later. Wasn't very cold last night. Needs to be getting colder up there at night to remain worthwhile for very long. The booting was pretty savage. I think it's safe to assume that a few days of sun and warmer temps will cut a few hundred feet off the top of what we skied today which means a lot more talus in ski boots if you wish to summit. You can glass the top from the last turn off of Colfax. As an aside, getting from the old south colony road (main trail to the lake) to the open area at the base of the gully is not completely trivial… so much new windfall and pretty steep. 
Route: Southeast Gully
Posted On: 2022-04-16, By: jslove1
Info: Did the SE Gully today. Was able to ski from probably 13.9k or so, but with some creative rock navigation at the start. Left the 2wd parking at 4am, summitted about 10am, and started the ski around 11am. Some sections were pretty great skiing. Wouldn't have wanted to ski it later. Wasn't very cold last night. Needs to be getting colder up there at night to remain worthwhile for very long. The booting was pretty savage. I think it's safe to assume that a few days of sun and warmer temps will cut a few hundred feet off the top of what we skied today which means a lot more talus in ski boots if you wish to summit. You can glass the top from the last turn off of Colfax. As an aside, getting from the old south colony road (main trail to the lake) to the open area at the base of the gully is not completely trivial… so much new windfall and pretty steep. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-04-10, By: tjvanfossen
Info: Despite the high winds in the forecast today, we had near ideal conditions on the ascent: calm, cold enough to freeze up the slushy snow from yesterday, but with wind chills remaining above zero. Snowshoes recommended but probably not needed in those conditions, but absolutely needed when warmer (like on the way down). Very slushy. Road is almost full snow past 2WD TH, mixed terrain off Rainbow and beginning of ridge, and then all snow until above treeline, where it is mostly snow free. Winds picked up on the way down, but not terrible. I think the peaks to the west block a lot of the west-to-east winds. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-03-25, By: 100PeaksAdv
Info: Post-hole-a-palooza. Unsuccessful attempt, but here's some beta for the current conditions. South Colony Road onto the Rainbow Trail were okay and pretty standard for this time of year. Remnants of the previous trench could be made out and followed pretty easily. However, as soon as I started ascending the ridge, the aforementioned 'party' began. The previous trench was nowhere to be seen at this point and I was lucky to get 10-20 feet before ending up knee or waist deep. So, snowshoes are absolutely essential given how soft the snow is becoming. I'm also not sure how effective they'll be if the weather keeps warming up like this. Got to about 10,300- just before the western turn up the steeper part of the ridge below tree line. Given the super slow progress and wind gusts starting up, I decided I had enough for the day at that spot and turned around. Good news is I got a new trench started if anyone is considering Humboldt in the near future. The upper ridge is still looking good if you can make it there. Also, my ice axe fell out of my pack at some point. If anyone finds it feel free to send me a message. Thanks friends! Edit: Update- the ice axe has been retrieved. Thanks to those who helped return it to me! 
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