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San Luis Peak
Elevation: 14,014 feet
Mileage: 12 miles
Vertical Gain: 3,600 feet
Route: East Slopes

August 31st - Septemeber 1st, 2003

After getting back to the trailhead from our Uncompahgre Peak climb at 10 a.m., we decided to drive to Gunnison and kill some time. We took a ride to Crested Butte and then played a round of miniature golf in Gunnison, which I kicked Amy's butt by 11 strokes, wooohooo. We bought a book of Colorado topo maps because the guide book noted the Stewart Creek Trailhead can be hard to find and its useful to have a map of the forest service roads. We found Roach's directions pretty good and didn't need to use the forest service map at all. Approaching from the Gunnison side, you have about 31 miles of dirt road once you leave highway 114, so it takes a little time to get to the trailhead. We arrived at 5 p.m. and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. We were half tempted to take off for the summit and try to watch the sunset from the top. Not wanting to push my knee too hard and since we already climbed a 14er today, I decided it would be better to rest and get an early start on San Luis Peak tomorrow.

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