To finish of Erik’s trip to Colorado, we finished with a road trip to Southern Colorado to go backpacking, climb a 14er and check out Great Sand Dunes National Park.
We started out by visiting Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs.
As we continued heading south, we got some amazing views of the Sangre de Christos mountains.
We started at the South Colony Lakes trailhead and headed up to the lower South Colony Lake to set up camp.
The next morning, we started our climb up Humboldt Peak.
Because of the low snow this past winter, there wasn’t much snow on the summit ridge, and what was there was easily avoidable. Despite high winds, we made good time, ascending over 1,000 feet per hour. Not bad for Erik’s first 14er! We made it to the summit a little before noon.
We didn’t spend to much time on the summit because the pressure was dropping and the wind was picking up. We quickly headed back down to our camp, packed up, and headed down. We made it 6+ miles from the summit to the car in less than 3.5 hours, which included breaking down and packing out camp. Not bad!
We then headed to Great Sand Dunes National Park- only about 10 miles away from the South Colony Lakes, but a 4 hour drive around the Sangres to get there.
The next day, we did a bit of hiking on the dunes and then headed back to Boulder.
Erik was impressed at the size of the Western US and was excited to learn that the San Luis Valley is the same size as Connecticut, where he has been studying abroad from Sweden.
All in all, it was another great Colorado road trip and adventure!View Individual Post to Comment or Share