Stewart Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-06, By: Istoodupthere
Info: Snow free until you get to the summit ridge. As I got closer, the snow looked to be covering the ridge so I traversed below and gained the ridge around the false summit directly below the summit. Lots of loose talus and some scree. On the way down I stayed on the ridge and realized the snow was mostly avoidable. Easiest thing to do is gain the ridge around 13,100, cross a bit of snow, then stay on the right side of the ridge going up. Some graupel and light showers after noon. Oh and the peak that is a few hundred yards south of where the summit register and wind break are is actually the high point. So there's that. River crossing before Nutras Creek TH is maybe 4 inches deep. Passable with any vehicle. Nutras Creek crossing is maybe 6 inches deep tops 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2022-05-30, By: mjlucarelli
Info: The route got a couple inches of snow last night but it is melting fast and I made it easily to the summit without traction or gaiters. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-10-11, By: Anima
Info: There was a good trail all the way up Nutras Creek. Intermittent snow starts at 13k. Four or so inches of snow above 13.6k. Saw a bunch of moose on the way in. This is a good route for the shoulder season. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2021-09-06, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Dry and beautiful day from the Cebolla TH.Hunters were in the area.Saw two bulls and a female moose munching by the willow maze.Long but great day!. 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2021-09-06, By: CheapCigarMan
Info: After leaving the woods this becomes willow central. Though, easy enough to follow the alleys and avenues through them. Posts have been erected to mark the trail. They do continue on marking the Cebolla Trail. You'll exit the trail around 12,400' which leads to Baldy Chato as well. Trail is unmarked from there, grassy slopes and saddles, some stable rock as well. On the return from the saddle west of Stewart instead of hugging the ridge I descended and maintained around 13,050' until the north slope of Chato to avoid regaining elevation and mileage. Probably a toss up between not gaining elevation & mileage and walking on the side of the slope. Lots of elk and deer in the area. Even seen a pretty large moose cross the road to Cebolla TH. Very gently and peaceful mountain. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-08-23, By: durkan
Info: Ascended from San Luis side via Baldy Alto with the pup, descended via Nutras Creek. Entire route can be kept as class 1 with poles. I found poles to be helpful descending Stewart. Having a track 100% helps find the trail while descending. As the route description describes, follow low in the boulder field, at times it felt like I was almost hiking in the creek as well! Trail ranges from easy to slightly gamey at times. IF you ever lose it, just find some high ground and look toward the creek, or hike parallel the creek the entire time. If light out and your eyes are peeled, it isn't bad After doing this route, however, I suggest doing it from the north. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-07-08, By: CairnColorado
Info: Summer conditions. Only encountered an elderly gentleman & his relative from Texas. Stumbled upon a moose, a silent giant. Would not confuse this for class one, as the trail doesn't go all the way to the summit & requires some route-finding. However, it is friendly enough if you have a good sense of direction. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2021-06-27, By: Peak200
Info: No snow to cross anywhere. Did the loop clockwise with Baldy Alto. Didn't see a soul all day long. Climbed up along the ridge to the north of Baldy Alto Then up the south side of Stewart. Down the east side of Stewart was not fun on loose talus. No trail for 75 percent of the way. Somewhat of a trail About the last two 2 miles on the west side of Nutras creek. If you want to add to your centennial list in An area with 0 people this is it . Number 75 for me. Class 1 the entire way. 9 hours. 3900 vertical and 11 miles. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: CaptCO
Info: Combo with Alto. I'd be wary on the East face if the snow is any deeper than I encountered. Good chance for a slide. Good route finders won't have a problem gaining the ridge. This time of year a solid wind blown cornice is building and allows you to gain the summit after coming up one of the gulleys. Traverse to BA had sugar snow mixed with talus and the descent was somewhat type 2 fun with sugar snow. Lots of wildlife out (Mostly posting for future reference) 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-09-28, By: CaptainSuburbia
Info: Baldy Chato was dry. Column Ridge had small patches of snow on north ridge but no spikes needed. Stewart was dry. 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-07-06, By: angry
Info: Dry to summit. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-25, By: Flyingfish
Info: Dry outside of one smallish snowfield around 13,100 
Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: mtnkub
Info: Above 13,100 ft, a snow field still blocked the easiest path on the ridge. Bypass south (left) to regain the ridge at 13,400 ft via ~20ft of 2+/3- rock. A bypass to the north would regain the ridge lower, but looked looser. Rest of the route (and loop over Baldy Alto) is dry. 
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Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: KarenG
Info: The stream crossing in the route description is further up the trail than stated. I hit it at 0.45 miles from the TH. The stated distance of 7.6 miles for this route seems to be a little off too. I downloaded the GPX route from the site and when I open it in Google Earth it shows 8.8 miles round trip. That seems reasonable since my GPS said I did 9.1 miles on this route. The vegetation is starting to green up and fill in. This makes the trail a little harder to spot in places both in the trees and in the willows. The GPX track was spot on to help find the way through the willows. 
Route: North Slopes
Posted On: 2020-06-05, By: Uffda
Info: With Baldy Chato and "Column Ridge". Summer conditions on the Cebolla route, any remaining snow is avoidable. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-11, By: WildWanderer
Info: Creek Crossings on the drive in are negligible, the drive in is clear. Light dusting of snow from yesterday, both below and above treeline, should be gone by tomorrow. No traction needed. I saw several large hunting camps in the area, so wearing bright colors is probably a good idea. Very windy and very cold on the summit. 
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Route: West Ridge from Stewart Creek
Posted On: 2019-09-03, By: supranihilest
Info: I came from Baldy Alto, and it was a long, high, Class 2 talus hike from there. I stayed on or near the "Column Ridge" ridge crest most of the way, then split right/east to climb Stewart. Stewart's west ridge is easy Class 2 talus. 
Route: From Cebolla TH
Posted On: 2019-08-24, By: dwoodward13
Info: Drove from Lake City to the Cebolla TH via Los Pinos Pass. Directions in Roach's book are spot on both from Lake City and then back to CO 114. Was able to pretty comfortable make it in my Camry. Rocky in places that caused slow going, but nothing requiring clearance. Similar to the Shavano road. Road grater was going over the pass so it may even be better now. This is a great route. Below treeline the trail is in great shape. Thru the willows the route is still pretty good. Large posts mark the route, but you can also see the trail thru the grass in between bushes. Route above the willows is straightforward. 
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Route: East Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-06, By: Tisch
Info: Trail is totally dry until the upper portion of the ridge. From there, a hard layer of snow exists for about 400 feet. It's easily walkable without spikes, but you may want to bring them if you don't feel comfortable on snow. The last 400 feet to the summit is dry. I did Column Ridge and Baldy Alto as well, descending the Baldy Alto ridge and cutting back down into Nutras Creek. Pic 1: The drainage I descended off of the Baldy Alto ridge. Pic 2: Descending Baldy Alto Pic 3: Looking back at Column Ridge and Stewart Pic 4: The upper route on San Luis Pic 5: The solid snow ridge on Stewart, which starts at 13,100 Pic 6: Still at 13,100, looking down at the route 
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Route: San Luis/Baldy Alto/Stewart
Posted On: 2019-06-30, By: PBR Powered
Info: First off, I think Stewart has better views of the San Luis valley than San Luis.... Leaving San Luis for Baldy Alto there were a very minor snow fields to glissade down/ navigate around. I tried to avoid the snow because all the post-holing. The climb up Baldy Alto was snow free but still a fair share of scurry. Coming down Baldy Alto is also kinda loose but also free of snow. I advise to hold the ridge all the way to Stewart, entering the basin (which had a herd of 100+ Elk) looks tempting, but not worth it. From the top of Stewart I headed ~150 yards down the east ridge and then proceeded to glissade all the way down to the basin. Exiting the basin I used game trail turned hiking trail (of visa-versa) to avoid most of the willows. It was easy going, surprisingly. But still bring your willow-fighting attitude. The road back to Stewart creek trail-head is 40min on the road and is a great character builder. 

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