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Humboldt Peak, Colorado

Humboldt Peak's Elevation: 14,064 Feet

Humboldt Peak's Rank Among Colorado's Fourteeners in Terms of Elevation: #37

Humboldt Peak is located in the Sangre de Cristo Range of mountains

Humboldt Peak is considered walkable

Best months for climbing Humboldt Peak are June through September

Click here for a Mapquest map of Humboldt Peak

Humboldt Peak, with an elevation of 14,064 feet, is the 37th highest peak in the state of Colorado. It was named by miners in 1874 after Alexander von Humboldt, a Prussian naturalist and explorer. Humboldt is considered a relatively easy peak to climb, and the easiest of the Crestones (a group of Fourteeners which also includes Crestone Needle, Crestone Peak, Kit Carson Peak, and, depending on who you talk to, Challenger Point).

To reach the trailhead, head south from Westcliffe on Highway 69 for 4.3 miles, then turn right onto Colfax Lane (Colorado 119). Follow the Lane to a T in the road and take a right onto Colony Road, a rough 4WD road which you'll follow as far you can to the trailhead (there are several pullouts, and a parking lot after 1.5 miles). The road will be replaced with a hiking trail to the right, which will take you up to lower South Colony Lake. From there, follow a Colorado Fourteener Initiative Trail to Humboldt's west ridge. Be advised that there is some minor rock scrambling involved near the summit.


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