Peak(s):  Hunts Pk  -  13,071 feet
Date Posted:  08/03/2017
Date Climbed:   07/30/2017
Author:  tomcat32
 Climbing Hunts Peak with Cactus Mutt   

From my house in Howard, CO there are numerous peaks that stand out- alpine and otherwise. I look at these peaks and have to climb them. From my house and road there are several that I look at daily and have to summit. I've climbed most of these now. Some have been lowly PT 8759 (Howard MTn or Puma Peak) Big Baldy, Jack Hall, Burned Timber, 13ers Twin Sisters North and Bushnell Peak. The one that I held out on was the northern most 13er in the Sangres- Hunts Peak. Every time I head up my driveway I look directly at it. Unfortunately, limited public access on the Howard east side of the Sangres makes this a 20 mile or more affair. I finally gave up on the idea of climbing from east and headed to the San Luis side to climb Hunts.

From the west at Rock Creek it's actually a short and pretty easy climb and the slopes are more grass than rock. I took my dog Choya aka the Cactus Mutt with me. He has hiked/run/walked 400+ miles since I got him around New Years. The relatively rockless hike seemed like a good place to try him at elevation. Up until now he handled 10 + miles with no problems and has been over 11K on Jack Hall Mtn. I wanted to try him out on something easier before making him a climbing buddy on rougher terrain.

So if you like dog hiking stories or less trafficked 13ers look at my link below to see the full TR and see all the photos. Sorry you'll have to copy and paste. The hyperlink feature isn't working.

Comments or Questions
08/03/2017 14:05
I enjoyed my day on Hunts and your photos and comments describe the route very well. And congrats to Choya!

08/03/2017 16:52
Now I'm determined to climb it from the east side as well. I have to check out the Hunts Lake Basin.

One of those mountains
10/27/2020 15:20
I climbed Hunts from the East side earlier this year. It was thoroughly enjoyable. Not a long hike, not a hard hike, but quite pleasant and I didn't see a soul. More importantly, this mountain is just so visible and looks prominent from so many directions. I see it from the Arkansas valley, San Louis Valley, coming over Marshall Pass, etc. It called me for years, and now I gaze upon on many drives and other hikes and remember my time there. Grateful. I love the northern Sangres.

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