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.
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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.