The Colorado Trail Eddiesville Trailhead to San Luis Pass

Creede, Colorado 81130

The Colorado Trail Eddiesville Trailhead to San Luis Pass

The Colorado Trail: Eddiesville Trailhead to San Luis Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This segment immediately re-enters the La Garita Wilderness Area, detouring around some private property. The trail rejoins Cochetopa Creek after about a mile and follows the valley all the way to the base of San Luis Peak (14,014).

As you gain the upper valley, notice the hoodoos (odd-shaped rock columns) high on the north slope. Following the CT from Eddiesville Trailhead is the easiest way to get to San Luis Peak for those interested in climbing 14,000-foot mountains. From where the CT passes over the San Luis saddle, it is a fairly easy climb to the top, consisting of only 1,400 feet of vertical and 1.25 miles of horizontal distance. If you are this close, you might as well do it— the views from the top are spectacular! From the saddle near San Luis Peak, the CT stays above treeline until dipping down to San Luis Pass."

The Colorado Trail: Eddiesville Trailhead to San Luis Pass Trip Reports

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8/20/2008
I did most of this portion of the Colorado Trail to summit San Luis Peak. With a friend, I started at the Eddiesville Trailhead and followed the trail around the south side of San Luis. We broke north at the saddle south of San Luis Peak. The hike up the South Ridge of San Luis was reasonable gradual and offers great views of the surrounding lower peaks. Several false summits (of course) later, the peak is wonderfully alone. We saw NO ONE all day. This is clearly the attraction; a 14er with no crowds! I would suggest the south ridge approach to San Luis, as it allows you to do a loop instead of backtracking. It only adds about 3 miles

Beware that the USGS topo maps we had didn't seem to correctly depict the Stewart Creek Trail. The trail crossed the creek many times, but the topo map didn't seem to indicate this. It isn't a huge deal, but was a bit confusing.

ENJOY! San Luis was rated #1 for solitude by Backpacker Magazine for a reason!
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Trail Information

Creede
Nearby City
12.7
Distance
2,960 feet
Elevation Gain
Shuttle
Trail Type
Best summer and fall
Season
10,320 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,600 feet
Top Elevation
Gunnison Ranger District, Gunnison National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated #139; USGS Elk Park, Halfmoon Pass, San Luis Peak
Local Maps