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San Luis Peak
Photo of San Luis Peak
San Luis Peak viewed from the northeast
Highest point
Elevation 14,014 ft (4273.8 m) NAVD88
Prominence 3113 ft (949 m)
Isolation 26.9 mi (43.4 km)
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Location Saguache County, Colorado,
United States
Parent range San Juan Mountains,
Highest summit of the
La Garita Mountains
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
San Luis Peak, Colorado
First ascent 1874 by Franklin Rhoda and A. D. Wilson
Easiest route South Ridge or East Flank: Hike

San Luis Peak is the highest summit of the La Garita Mountains range in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The prominent 14,022-foot (4273.8 m) fourteener is located in the Gunnison National Forest portion of the La Garita Wilderness in Saguache County approximately 10 miles (16 km) north of Creede. It is situated rather far to the east of the other fourteeners in the San Juans, and has more of a wilderness setting than many of the others.

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San Luis Peak viewed from the Northeast Ridge route

San Luis Peak is a relatively straightforward climb, with two hiking routes to the summit. The Northeast Ridge route begins at the Stewart Creek Trailhead and is 13.5 mi (21.7 km) round trip. The South Ridge route begins at the West Willow Creek Trailhead north of Creede. This route is almost entirely above treeline and is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) round trip.

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