Any suggestions re: Sangre de Cristos?
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Paul Sturrock
(Byblow) - F
Any suggestions re: Sangre de Cristos? on 08/07/2008 11:06:34 MDT Print View

I want to do a 3-5 day trek next week, or just find a nice camp site (that takes no more than a day to reach) with interesting trails nearby for dayhiking. I drive a Toyota Camry, so jeep trails are out for me. I would appreciate any advice!

Paul Sturrock
(Byblow) - F
let me add one more thing ... on 08/07/2008 11:16:10 MDT Print View

I like water features and prefer trails that follow creeks or cross them periodically, especially since I like to filter my water as I need it. I love alpine lakes, too. Thanks!

Christopher Chupka
(FatTexan) - M

Locale: NTX
Rugged on 08/07/2008 12:00:29 MDT Print View

The Sangre de Christo range is fairly rugged and dry. There are lakes in the valleys and bowls but streams up higher will be very intermittent. Getting up and down into the bowls or valleys will probably require some scrambling.

If you fish South Colony Lakes would be great, also day hikes up the peaks that are in the area. There are 5 Fourteeners that could be done as day hikes, Humboldt is class 2 but the rest are class 3.

The only thing I have done in the area is climb Crestone Peak, Needle, and Humboldt. I slept at the South Colony Lakes, beautiful area.

View of Needle and trail sign.
Trailhead Crestone Needle

Looking east into the valley where Westcliffe is from Humboldt.
West from Humboldt


View from Peak looking into valley SW of Colony Lakes
From Crestone Peak

I did not take as many pictures as I wanted to, this was typical weather for the few days I was there, looking up the 3rd class route.
Class 3 route

Edited by FatTexan on 08/07/2008 12:05:46 MDT.

Paul Sturrock
(Byblow) - F
Sangre de Cristos on 08/07/2008 14:31:40 MDT Print View

Wow, thanks for the thoughtful reply and great photos. Kinda dry up high, huh? Maybe I should go a little farther, say to Durango.

Christopher Chupka
(FatTexan) - M

Locale: NTX
Durango Narrow Gauge Railway on 08/07/2008 15:46:29 MDT Print View

A fun little adventure is to take the train from Durango. There are several points along the way the train will stop and pickup/drop off backpackers.

Durango Narrow Gauge Railroad

Go to About, then Wilderness Info. Years ago my brother and I did a multiday loop, dropped off at Elk Park, up and over a couple passes, down into Chicago Basin, and then down to be picked up by the train. No pics though, I need to scan them in.

Cathy Fraser
(OutdoorChick) - F
Re: Any suggestions re: Sangre de Cristos? on 08/24/2008 16:19:43 MDT Print View

I am new to this site so if you are doing a hike in this area again make another post. There are so many backpacking and day hikes in the area that I have not been able to them all in 10 years!!