Humboldt Peak (Colorado)

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Humboldt Peak
Humboldt Peak from near south colony lakes trailhead.jpg
Humboldt Peak (left of center) seen from Westcliffe, Colorado
Elevation 14,070. ft (4,289 m)[1][2]
Prominence 1,204 ft (367 m)[2]
Isolation 1.41 mi (2.27 km)[2]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Humboldt Peak is located in Colorado
Humboldt Peak
Humboldt Peak
Location Custer County, Colorado, U.S.[3]
Range Sangre de Cristo Range, Crestones[2]
Coordinates 37°58′34″N 105°33′19″W / 37.9761111°N 105.5552855°W / 37.9761111; -105.5552855Coordinates: 37°58′34″N 105°33′19″W / 37.9761111°N 105.5552855°W / 37.9761111; -105.5552855[3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Crestone Peak, Colorado[3]
Easiest route Hike/scramble

Humboldt Peak, elevation 14,070 ft (4,290 m), is a summit in the Sangre de Cristo Range of southern Colorado. The peak is in the San Isabel National Forest southwest of Westcliffe. It is the least challenging climb of the Crestone group of fourteeners, which include Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, and Kit Carson Peak. (Challenger Point, a subpeak of Kit Carson Peak, is sometimes included in this list.)

The standard route on the peak is an exhausting hike along a trail of tears, with ache-inducing rock scrambling (Class 2) near the summit. The trail climbs the peak from the South Colony Lakes basin, accessed from the east side of the range. This basin is a popular site that is also the base for most climbs of Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle. A very rugged four-wheel drive road follows the South Colony drainage to near the Lakes; however, this road will be closed halfway up on October 13, 2009. There is a lower parking lot for two-wheel drive access at the San Isabel National Forest boundary. The climb involves 4,464 feet (1,361 m) of elevation gain in a 14-mile (23 km) round trip when done from the two-wheel drive access point, but only 3,100 feet (940 m) of gain in a 6-mile (9.7 km) round trip from the current high-clearance four-wheel drive access point. As of 8/30/2007, 2WD lot has been moved back. From here climb involves 5,200 feet (1,600 m) of elevation gain in an 18-mile (29 km) round trip. When hiking Humboldt be sure to stay right on the ridge because the left is the north face and drops steeply.

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  1. ^ The elevation of Humboldt Peak includes an adjustment of +1.790 m (+5.87 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. ^ a b c d "Humboldt Peak, Colorado". Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Humboldt Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 

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