San Luis Peak
1 Jul 2000 - by Bill Strand
On Saturday July 1, 2000 Michelle and I climbed San Luis Peak via the
Stewart Creek Trailhead (East Slopes Route? - I don't have my guide book
handy). This is a beautiful area and an excellent trail. Finding the
trailhead in the dark proved more difficult than the climb. I have an older
edition of Roach's guide book and this may have compounded the problem. On
the drive out in daylight everything seemed much clearer. For those arriving
in darkness I measured the turnoff from Highway 114 to be 19.6 miles south
of the intersection of US 50 and Hwy 114. There are signs that direct one to
the Stewart Creek Trailhead after leaving Hwy 114. The dirt road to the
trailhead is in excellent condition and easily passable for passenger cars.
There is parking and some camping available at the trailhead. We saw one
moose on the trail who was spooked by us and quickly ran away (First Moose
sighting in Colorado). The trail was almost entirely free of snow as were
the peaks other slopes. The afternoon thunderstorms started around 11am, so
start early and enjoy.
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