Humboldt Peak is part of the Crestones in the rugged Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The Crestones are a cluster of 14er’s comprising Crestone Peak, Crestone Needle, Kit Carson Peak, Challenger Point, Humboldt Peak, and Columbia Point.
The peak was named after German mountaineer Alexander von Humboldt by locals in the Wet Mountain Valley.
Trailhead: Upper or lower South Colony Lakes Trail
Round trip: Upper TH (high clearance vehicles) – 13 miles / 21 km
Lower TH ( passenger cars) – 18.5 miles / 30 km
Elevation: Upper TH 9,950′ – 14,064′ (4,114′) / 3,033m – 4,287m (1,254m)
Lower TH 8,800′ – 14,064′ (5,264′) / 2,682m – 4,287m (1,605m)
Once near the lakes there will be Forest Service signs providing information on the area. Going NW (Humboldt Peak cutoff trail) at the junction, takes you to the Upper South Colony Lake.
The trail climbs steeply to the ridge from the upper lake. Once on the ridge stay to the center for the safest scramble to the summit. The northern side is treacherous with a steep drop for most of the remaining route.
Once on the false summit, head to the northeast to the true summit along large talus.
The road conditions to the upper trailhead on 9/5/20 were terrible. I would not recommend driving to the upper trailhead without a high clearance vehicle.
No camping within 300′ of the lakes.