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UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- Pants, Parts, and Poles: A Cautionary Tale of Forgetfulness from an Intern’s First Foray into Fieldwork
– June 24, 2016
After a couple of weeks spent on fundraising research and crunching numbers on previous years’ Sustainable Trails data, last week I was beyond excited to … Read More
- Scrambling in Solitude
– June 20, 2016
I couldn’t figure out which part was worse; the fact it was 8 o’clock in the evening and darkness was already beginning to fall or … Read More
- Expanding the Sustainable Trails Program in 2016
– June 18, 2016
Phase II of the Sustainable Trails Program began in 2014 when CFI placed the first five TRAFx trail counters in the field. These compact, unobtrusive … Read More
- Bear Hangs’ “Bare Necessities”
– August 20, 2015
Yea, yea, yea. The Uncompahgre Wilderness isn’t exactly grizzly country, along with the rest of Colorado. But, despite their massive size, menacing strength and speed, … Read More
San Luis Peaks
- Elevation:14,014 feet (51st highest)
- Maps:USGS Quads: San Luis Peak, Stewart Peak, and Elk Park
Trails Illustrated® -TOPO Map #139
Click here to purchase Trails Illustrated® maps for this route.
- Contact:US Forest Service, Gunnison Ranger District (970) 641-0471
Our Work CFI began major trail construction and restoration of the Stewart Creek trail on San Luis Peak in 2012. Work on the peak continues this summer on the Cochetopa Creek trail.
Click here to view a Google Earth projection of our project on San Luis!
Recommended Route Stewart Creek Route or West Willow Creek Route – use of these routes will help to reduce impacts to this Fourteener’s fragile alpine environments. For detailed information on the Stewart Creek Route including pictures, maps, and elevation profiles, click here. More detailed information on the West Willow Creek Route will be posted as soon as it is available.
Route Information and Additional Resources Stewart Creek Trailhead is accessible from Gunnison, CO. It is approximately 50 miles south of Gunnison. This route gains the saddle between San Luis and Organ Mountain and then travels up the northeast slope.
West Willow Creek Trailhead is accessible from Creede, CO. It is approximately 8 miles north of Creede. This route intersects with, and follows the Colorado Trail for a few miles. The final approach is on San Luis’ south ridge.
Both routes require good directions to locate the appropriate trailhead.
The above information does not replace the need to consult additional maps and Colorado Fourteener Guidebooks for more detailed route descriptions. We suggest checking multiple resources before departing on any hike. Keep in mind that not all guidebooks list this recommended route and that each guidebook’s description or route name may vary slightly.
Peak Specific Environmental and Safety Concerns Camp and Travel on Durable Surfaces. Stay on trail to ascend and descend, do not cut switchbacks. Camp away from trails and water and avoid fragile vegetation.