Rocky Mountain High: Climbing Humboldt Peak, A Colorado 14,000-FooterJun 28, 2021 11:37AM ● By Story and photos by Lisa Ballard
While the Northeast has its lofty 4,000-footers, with 10 peaks over 5,000 feet, Colorado’s biggest mountains are over 14,000 feet! Last summer I had the chance to climb one of them, Humboldt Peak (14,064 feet) in the Sangre de Cristo range.
Plan your trip with the following travel and lodging information.
Map: Trails Illustrated Topographic Map Guide - Colorado 14ers South (National Geographic)
Guidebook: The Colorado 14ers, The Best Routes (Colorado Mountain Club)
Lodging: Westcliffe (population 620), is the closest town but has only a couple of small inns and limited services. Some hikers camp near the South Colony Lakes, which also cuts down the summit day by about 5 miles. Pueblo, 55 miles away from Westcliffe, has more hotel options, restaurants, and other amenities for travelers.
Closest airport: Pueblo, Colorado. (Closest large airport: Colorado Springs)
Directions to Trailhead: From Pueblo, take CO 96 west to Westcliffe. From Westcliffe, Colorado, take CO 69 southeast 4.5 miles toward Walsenburg. Turn right (south) on Colfax Lane/CR 119. Go 5.5 miles to its end, then turn right onto the South Colony Lakes Road/USFS Rd 120. Continue 4 miles to the trailhead parking lot. Note: A clearance, 4WD vehicle is a must for going up the South Colony Lakes Road!
To continue reading this story, please see page 64 in the Image Magazine Summer 2021 digital edition.