San Luis Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-08-03, By: ballardwf04
Info: Hiked SL today. At the time of our visit, it was wet and there was no fire ban in place, so we were able to cook a fireside meal which was nice. Left at 430 and saw several moose on trail around 600, summited approximately 900 and down by 1230. Total distance was just over 14mi. Mama and two calves were blocking the trail about 3 miles in, so we had to loop far around to avoid an angry moose mother with a CT thru-hiker we met named Zeus. Something to watch out for in the dawn hours. Otherwise, uneventful hike. Very scenic and uncrowded in the basin. There were also almost exclusively thru-hikers on the trail because of its proximity (.25 miles or so) from the CT/CDT. Definitely worth doing as a scenic and crowd-free 14er. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-08-11, By: geo_andrews
Info: Great hike. Saw some deer and a moose on the south side of the basin about 2 miles into the hike. Started the hike at 6:45 am and got back to the car around 1:30 pm. Wish we would have started around 6:00 am to avoid the afternoon showers on the way down, although it didn't rain much on us at all. Cool thing to note. I climb with my wife and father. It was my father's first 14er at 60 years old and he killed it. First 14er for my wife in 3 years. It was awesome seeing her summit a peak again. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-18, By: okstir91
Info: Excellent hiking conditions. Surprisingly very little wind and very warm, even on the peak. Weather conditions should remain consistent for the next week. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-06, By: kyaera
Info: Excellent conditions, slightly muddy due to the recent rains. Creek crossings not a problem. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-04, By: Btuperkwh
Info: Wet trail for most of day due to rain. Gets really muddy in the willows where you cross the valley to get to the ridge. Flowers are still in bloom and line the trail. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-18, By: TheSpaceForce
Info: 6/17/22: Clear of snow, dry, and very dusty. Now is a great time to hike this trail if you like Colorado flowers. The trail is full of them, especially from 12k to the summit. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-16, By: HikesInGeologicTime
Info: It would be a lie to say that this route is snow-free. It would also be a lie to say that said snow posed any sort of threat of all, much less one that would necessitate taking any gear you weren't planning to pack anyway. Could smell a little smoke up on the ridge, when the winds were blowing most fiercely (surely no coincidence), but didn't strike me as being anywhere near as bad as the Sangres looked when I was driving north. Beautiful route - fantastic scenery as soon as you join the Continental Divide Trail! 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: MountainManta1
Info: Totally dry, very little snow is even visible in the area. Gorgeous day on the NE Ridge. South Ridge route seems to be just as popular. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: joshgrundy
Info: San Luis Peak is essentially summer conditions, with no impactful snow along the route. The road getting there is doable in just about any vehicle. Both stream crossings were only a few inches deep. I traversed over to Stewart Peak from San Luis. This route was also snow-free and pretty straightforward. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-04, By: Woooly
Info: Totally summer conditions. Downed trees on the trail have been cleared. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-04, By: Cide
Info: No snow issues, aforementioned downed trees on trail are all cut and dealt with. Route is clear. Pictured, creek crossings. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-03, By: lyrichildner
Info: Road is dry all the way from Creede to trailhead. Summer conditions all the way (small patches of snow in some areas that are easily maneuverable), despite the snowstorm that hit us on the summit ridge. Super windy but manageable. 8 hours car to car with lots of rests along the way. We took our time and it was a great day. 
Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-03, By: NelsonBrands
Info: Left trailhead at 9:15 (which is way late for me) but because I got to trailhead at 3am from Iowa I thought I should get some rest. Trail was brilliant. Zero issues besides a mini snow storm that hit me for about 30 min on the saddle. 6 hours on the dot car to car. That's number 15 for me and I highly recommend. Love the San Juans. Ps. Getting to trailhead is fairly easy with a car that has some clearance. I made it totally fine in a Chevy Equinox. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-30, By: kcovingt1
Info: Nearly summer conditions. Hiked from equity mine and only had a handful of very small and insignificant snow crossings. Windy on the ridge. Camped just below equity mine afterwards. A small blizzard rolled in around 5 pm so there's a little bit of snow, but it should be gone in a day or two. 
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Route: Northeast Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-30, By: JerseyGirlHikes
Info: 99% Summer conditions! Two memorable (small) snow crossings- only one slightly sketchy about .1-.25 mile from the summit. Counted 37 down trees, give or take, between miles 2 and 4. Not one person on the trail with us! Met a group at the summit who came from the south side. 
Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-28, By: colingoodman
Info: Conditions were great; very little snow and no traction necessary. TH had plenty of activity, but the trail to summit was quiet. 
Route: West Slopes
Posted On: 2022-03-14, By: Randy1983
Info: Skin track in up Willow Creek. After that I would not recommend following either of my tracks. One being my approach to spring creek and the other is my return track roughly following the CT route back. Going down to spring creek the snow was roughly waist deep in a few spots. Lots of opportunities to sink into tree wells here. When I saw San Luis in the morning, it looked like I'd have a chill snow climb all the way to the summit as it appeared filled in. Once on the west slope however, the harsh realization of how bad the day was going to be set in. Took the west slope to the south Yawner gully. The snow was terrible. Maybe 3% of the whole route was actually filled in enough to be "good" climbing. The rest was too shallow with a 1-2" crust covering the loose rock beneath. About 2% of the route had areas that were knee to thigh deep. I climbed by only one Av slide that looked to stretch from maybe 13,400 to 12,400. Skiing or glissading back down this slope would have been impossible with the conditions. Though that may be a bit subjective. The summit ridge is standard firm, wind blown snow. Taking the CT route back is rife with possible Av danger. Safe trekking everyone.  
Route: West ridge winter variation
Posted On: 2022-02-21, By: illusion7il
Info: To reach the winter TH, which is 2.5 miles below the Equity Mine, you have to take the West branch of the Bachelor loop. (504) The road is in great shape and anything can make it. I was able to boot the road to the Equity mine , then there was a single snowshoe track that turned around at the summer TH. From there I tracked up mostly supportive snow to the top of the pass. When I first saw the peak, it looked like it was gonna be a gimme, but little did I know, it would take me 8 hours to summit and get back to this point. The trenching down to spring creek was anywhere from calf to thigh deep sugar, and the re-ascent on the way out was slippery mess. I was happy to of had my snowshoe extensions. It's really fun when you loose your balance and you get to swim out of the sugar. I stashed my snowshoes at 11.5K and it was a steep hike to the summit. 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2022-01-09, By: paulbarish
Info: I wanted to do a route without having to deal with the avy danger that San Luis usually offers so I was going to do the "high route" as someone called it in a TR. I did do this but with a variation that went up a rock rib from near the Equity Mine. It successfully eliminated the majority of avy concerns in the current conditions. It also cut out several miles but it added a long lose heinous scree slope. Not having done the standard route I'd say, worth it! I dropped into the basin at one point to avoid a sketchy looking part of the ridge and careful route selection was able to keep that part safe as well. The Willow Creek road was well traveled by snowmobiles and easy travel as far as the Equity Mine, I would imagine they continued at least to the summer TH. Overall I definitely recommend this route, unless conditions are good for skiing, then you should totally do that instead! 
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Route: South Ridge
Posted On: 2021-11-28, By: laddymac
Info: Summited San Luis on Saturday 11/27/21 with kids. Drive up to Willow Creek Trailhead (Subaru Outback) has 3 or 4 water/ice crossings and a couple icy sections but is still very doable. After dropping into the dead pine forest the post-holing was BRUTAL all the way till we left the basin. Adds at least 2 hours to the trip and on the steeper sections we slid out a good 5 times. Wished we snow shoes. When the real snows do come it could get a little avalanchy I'm guessing. Final approach was wind blown with no snow and very pleasant with temps in the upper twenties and very little wind. 

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