• Dr. Mike Routt

Reaching the summit of 14,022 ft. San Luis Peak

Late Friday afternoon Billy Burleson, Jeff Bolan, Wayne Cantwell and I drove to Gunnison, Colorado to spend the night at a local motel in preparation for our Saturday hike of 14,022 ft. San Luis Peak.  Billy and Jeff would be hiking their first 14er, while Wayne and I would be hiking our 20th.

We intended to get to the trailhead at 5:30 a.m.  But we didn't realize we would encounter a dirt road 27 miles from the trailhead, including 2 mountain streams that we would drive over.  I think I could do a Toyota commercial with my 2009 Corolla, which drove very well on a difficult road!  We didn't make the trailhead until 6:30 a.m.

We began our ascent, and noticed fields of wild flowers, a product of the rain in the state for the past two months.  I have posted some pictures on Kathy's Facebook account.  From trailhead to the summit of San Luis Peak, we walked 5.5 miles.  Billy reached the peak in 3 hours!  We joined him at 10:00 a.m.

After enjoying the views from the summit of San Luis Peak for 30 minutes, as well as re-hydrating and eating some protein and carbs, we began our descent to the trailhead. 

It took us 2 hours and 10 minutes to reach the trailhead.  So we hiked 11 miles to the 14,022 ft. summit and back to the trailhead in 5 hours and 40 minutes.  Then when began our next journey - driving 27 miles on a dirt road!

I praise GOD for the health to hike!  I praise GOD for eyesight - the opportunity to see the beauty of His creation on this hike - the mountain ponds, the mountain streams, the variety of colors of wild flowers, the view for miles at the top of San Luis Peak, the glaciers, the rock formations, and so much more!  To Him be glory forever, Amen!

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