San Luis Peak - 14019' - Via West Willow Creek Class 1
The next day after Redcloud and Sunshine, Mandy and I decided to do San Luis Peak. The drive up to Equity Mine from Creede was very long but all the dirt roads were in great condition. At the end of the road we pulled off next to an old metal building and camped for the night. We planned to hike the Colorado Trail for 7 miles to San Luis and hike up the long gentle ridge shown in the photo to the left. We woke early the next morning and hiked the 4WD road past the mine, which was active during the night. Actually, the Equity Mine became a full operation only a week after we were there and the whole area was closed to public access for a little while. Once we reached a small saddle with a sign we headed right onto the Colorado Trail which took us up and over three more saddles, each with great views of San Luis. The whole trail was above treeline and had views in every direction. Once we crested the ridge on San Luis we left the trail and headed up the ridge for almost a mile to the summit, where we were greeted by a solo hiker who came from the Stewart Creek Trailhead. We relaxed quite a bit here and I decided not to traverse to Organ Mountain due to some clouds I saw building. We retraced our route on the trail all the way back to the car and drove into Creede for a much needed big dinner.