Continuing with our exploration of the Northern Sangre de Cristos, we backpacked up San Isabel Creek and climbed Eureka Mountain last weekend. Two years ago, Christy and I looked down on San Isabel Lake from the summit of Hermit Peak to the north, and knew we would have to camp there some day soon. It’s tucked away in a stunning mountain cirque just below treeline, and it offers an easy route to the top of Eureka.
It’s been really fun to log so many days down in this area in recent years. Every trip and every climb thus far has been via a different valley, allowing for new sights and awesome camping at all the high lakes. And as we’ve said before, it’s rare to see any other people.
The camping at San Isabel Lake was worth a trip in itself, and the perch atop Eureka affords expansive views. After turning back on our two prior Sangre trips (on Electric Peak to the north) due to weather, and considering the recent pattern, we openly acknowledged how nice it was to get this easy summit. It just so happened that the foul weather returned by the next morning, and we were once again thoroughly soaked on the 6 mile hike out.
And I think it was just a pleasant change from all the running we’ve been doing lately.