Humbolt Peak 14er Colorado

Labor Day Weekend 14ers – Crestone Needle + Peak and Humbolt

Over Labor Day weekend 2017 Dan and I hiked 14ers in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range. We summited Crestone Needle and Crestone Peak on Saturday and Humbolt Peak on Sunday. We took a group vote and the Crestones rank in our top five 14ers so far. Both involved fun scrambles on beautiful + mostly solid conglomerate rock. Humbolt was a mountain that involved hiking up and then down. It’s highlight was the fact that you could see the beauty of the Crestones from a good angle. Just kidding I was happy to have a hike like this after the 10 hours of struggle that was Saturday.

Grand Canyon Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon Winter Backpacking: Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon’s Clear Creek Trail is a great “rest day” activity if you’re staying at Phantom Ranch or Bright Angel campground in the winter. It stretches 9 miles long so you can choose your own out-and-back length. And emphasis is on winter activity because it is south facing and consequently is in the sun from sunrise to sunset. In summer, temperatures at the bottom of the canyon can exceed 100 F. But in January it was a balmy 50 degrees!