There is nothing easy about hiking up Humboldt Peak (14,070 feet) in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Range.
First, there’s the mileage, about 14 miles round-trip from the trailhead to the summit.
Then there’s the 4,500 feet of vertical gain. The last mile and 1,000 vertical feet is a scramble up a steep talus field, culminating with a dizzying traverse of a knife-edge ridge. What’s more, there’s always a chance of high winds, lightning and snow, even in July, when I headed up this impressive rock pile.