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Old 07-19-2011, 08:06 PM   #49
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Day 7: Hike to Humbolt Peak

You can skip today's report if you don't enjoy hiking and only want to see motorcycle pics.

If you do, or are intrigued, hike to Humbolt Peak is a real treat. Adventure riding and hiking is a great combo, despite the fact that you pack just a little extra with the small day backpacks, good hiking shoes, Katadyn filter, etc., both worth your while.

From TH off the RT, we climbed 2.5 miles to basecamp last night, then early am prepared for the hike to Humbolt Peak, about 5 miles away.

Filtering water at the old TH. Dirt road to this old TH is now closed, so hence the hike, lots of campsites on the West side of the creek, but last night we didn't know...:

Trail opens up after a mile or so to reveal Crestone Needle to the left on this picture:

South Colony Lakes behind:

Climb up to the saddle

The saddle, "The Peak" as Crestone Peak is called by the locals, behind and to the left:

From the saddle to Humbolt hike is a bit of a scramble, nothing technical

The Needle to the left behind me, The Peak to the right. The views from Humbolt are spectacular:

From the saddle you climb to this ridge:

with incredible views of North Colony Lakes straight down:

Then a quick scramble past a false summit, you get to the top, which thankfully hikers have built in a short wall of stones for protection against the wind:

On the way down things got a little colder as the wind was hitting us head-on:

Humbolt Peak behind:

Side trip to the base of The Needle, crossing South Colony Lake:

Soulth Colony Lake/Humbolt Peak behind:

We moved our tent to this side of the creek after a long nap...

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