Humboldt Peak

Featured photo of Humboldt Peak

Humboldt is an easy peak to climb in an area of the Sangre de Cristo Range where there are many difficult fourteeners. The standard approach is by hiking or driving up a long four-wheel-drive road to the South Colony Lakes Trailhead, and then following a Colorado Fourteener Iniative Trail to Humboldt's west ridge. The view of Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak is stunning.

Elevation (feet): 14,064
Elevation (meters): 4,287
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sangre de Cristo Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 37.9761
Longitude: -105.555
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Colorado Springs
Convenient Center: Westcliffe

Thanks to Kirk Mallory for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 20 trip reports for Humboldt Peak.

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  • Log #18729 - by Patrick L. Lilly on Feb 14, 2006
    Another solo run/climb from the 2WD trailhead. I tried to summit Crestone Needle first, but had to give it up at about 13,300 ft. as I couldn't see the route ahead in the dense fog which formed. Back...
  • Log #12164 - by Greg Davidson on Oct 15, 2003
    A good climb. Much easier than the attempt at Needle and Peak the day before. There was a moderate amount of snow on the approach to the ridge, but after that it was clear. After tagging the summit,...
  • Log #12163 - by Dan Bowers & Peter C. Key on Oct 14, 2003
    Very straightforward route. By far the easiest from Colony Lakes.
  • Log #12165 - by Blake Henderson on Sep 05, 2003
    Great views to the north and south. Big winds on top, so I left in a hurry. All in all, a very fun hike!
  • Log #12166 - by Alan on Aug 30, 2003
    Started very early to beat the daily crowds. Summited at 7:30 am and had the entire mountain to myself. This is a nice day hike and warm up for the big peaks nearby. Views of the Crestones and the...
  • Log #12168 - by Jason Halladay on Aug 26, 2002
    With a high camp in Spanish Creek were we able to climb the North Buttrees of Crestone Peak, do the traverse to the Crestone Needle, descend to Broken Hand pass then over to Humboldt Summit. From...
  • Log #12169 - by Brian on Aug 16, 2002
    My first 14er! While a fairly easy climb, the weather started getting bad as I approached the summit. So, I was only able to spend a few minutes on top. A good mountain for people who haven't climbed...
  • Log #12170 - by Aaron Batte on July 08, 2002
    Set up camp, in the rain, just below the gate closure at the South Colony Lakes trailhead. It rained for most of the night and finally let up around 4am. We got off to a soggy start around 5am. The...
  • Log #12171 - by Dan Wiedrich on Apr 18, 2002
    This was an easy class 2 peak. The weather was quite marginal the day we climbed it. We started hiking in the drizzle/fog in the morning from our camp at lower south colony lake. The clouds parts for...
  • Log #12172 - by Shawn Cartner on Mar 19, 2002
    Good climb, weather was perfect. Base Camp in between the lakes on the south side and worked great. BAD storm preceeding night. You guys make sure you have the appropriate gear and check in with the...
  • Log #12174 - by Jessica Mayerovitch on Sep 10, 2001
    Our Outward Bound patrol woke up at 2 am to climb Humbolt and watch the sunrise, before going back down to work on restoring an old trail for the rest of the day. It was my first fourteener. ^^
  • Log #12175 - by John Lauer on Sep 06, 2001
    My first 14er! It was a lot of fun and really enjoyed the views of Crestone Peak and Needle all the way up and down.
  • Log #12176 - by Nick & Dawn Hardy on Sep 05, 2001
    Great hike and beautiful views. This makes an excellent vantage point to watch the climbers on the needle. Heed the warning about the 4wd road. It will break your truck and or your feet if they are...
  • Log #12177 - by Sean O'Dell on Aug 16, 2001
    I'm beginning to get convinced that the Crestones generate their own weather. This was the second time I've beat the tar out of my truck on that stinking road to get up to the South Colony basin,...
  • Log #12178 - by Justin Shofler on Aug 03, 2001
    The 4wd road to the trailhead is pretty gnarly! Beautiful valley and lakes. Crestone needle is impressive! The hike to summit of Humboldt is pretty easy. About 3 hours to summit from basin camp areas.
  • Log #12179 - by Michael Jake on July 16, 2001
    A very fun hike for a big shapeless lump! The north side is drastically different than the view of it you see from South Colony Lakes. Beautiful views of the Crestones all the way up. I would guess...
  • Log #12180 - by Matt Kirk on Nov 03, 2000
    Greetings 14er climbers and enthusiasts. I just wanted to let everyone know that there should be a 14ers forum coming soon at If you have the time, please come by and...
  • Log #12181 - by Craig Ayler on Aug 08, 2000
    In 1982 I came out from Kansas with a few friends. I bushwacked & climbed the East Ridge. My friends stayed in camp. In July 2000, My girlfriend and I drove up to the trailhead.
  • Log #12183 - by Robert Norris on Feb 10, 2000
    A lofty perch for viewing the Crestones, Which bump is the summit?
  • Log #12184 - by Kirk Mallory on Oct 07, 1999
    After climbing Mt. Yale on Saturday, August 29th, I drove to the two-wheel-drive trailhead and backpacked up the four wheel drive road to camp. Summited Humbolt Peak on Sunday, which was my 27th...