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myroneRed Gully via Upper S. Colony TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2008


Started up at 6:37AM-a beautiful morning. Route is well defined all the way; reached summit at 11:27. Lots of high clouds but the views were spectacular. Started back down at 11:39 as clouds were closing in fast. Back to the TH at 3:36PM with the last 1/2 mile featuring a heavy thunder/lightning, snow storm. My 42nd 14'er...sweet!!
Posted Sep 20, 2008 8:36 am

GahugafugaRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008


The scramble through the cliffs on Broken Hand Pass was harder than any of the scrambling on the Peak itself. I also summitted East Crestone - I think the East summit has better views than the main summit.
Posted Aug 14, 2008 1:43 pm

MountainHikerCORed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007


This was my third climb of Crestone Peak. We went over Broken Hand Pass and climbed the Red Gully.

Previous climb 8-5-00 South Colony - Bears - up NW Couloir route - down Red Gully - to Broken Hand - up standard Needle route.
Posted Feb 12, 2008 9:01 pm

MountainHikerCONW Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 18, 1991


This was my first climb of Crestone Peak. I went the NW Couloir route via Bears Playground. I saw lightning strike the Needle as we came back across the ridge to the Humbolt saddle to return to South Colony Lakes.
Posted Feb 12, 2008 8:56 pm

tomlaurenCrestone Traverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2007


From camp at Cottonwood Creek, climbed the South Face of Crestone Peak, performed the traverse to Crestone Needle, then descended the Needle's South Face back to camp. The previous night I endured a torrential rainstorm with lightning striking the surrounding peaks. The hike up to the base of Crestone Peak from my camp near Cottonwood Creek was arduous. There was no trail, and hiking through the willows (which were wet from the previous night's rainstorm) left me soaked to the skin from the waist down.
Posted Feb 3, 2008 7:38 am

ClimbandMineTraverse  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 15, 2007


Did the Red Clr to the Peak-Needle Traverse
Posted Jan 14, 2008 6:06 pm

MattGreeneTraverse  Sucess!
I started before first light so I could complete the traverse to the Needle and be off the mountain by early afternoon. Fortunately I was successful and back in camp before noon, because wicked thunderstorms rolled in and unleased rain and electricity from 12 to 2. I know of at least one climbing party that would've been in the thick of things if they'd stuck to their original schedule. I thought of them all afternoon, but still don't know if they turned around or pressed through the storm.
Posted Dec 1, 2007 9:14 pm

HalikuSouth Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 27, 2007


What a long day! Camped at Colony Lakes and went via Broken Hand pass. Beautiful views! The Needle will have to wait for a return visit.
Posted Oct 28, 2007 10:34 pm

spannring29Great  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2007


After some route finding difficulties in the early morning darkness, we headed up the red couloir. Still plenty of snow. Planned on the traverse to the Needle, but decided it just wasn't our day. Very fun mountain.
Posted Oct 21, 2007 12:21 pm

chicagotransplantPeak to Needle  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 16, 2007


Second time up the Peak, but this time we did the traverse to the Needle. Also tagged "East Crestone" to get the Custer County highpoint.
Posted Sep 17, 2007 10:12 am

cftbqRed Couloir  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2007


Standard route from S. Colony Lakes (mid) TH. A mostly cloudy day, but got some sun around noon. Also climbed E. Crestone. 14er #33. A long day, but a great peak.
Posted Sep 10, 2007 2:34 pm

NatashaRed Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2007


Absolutely, incredible...I am still in awe of that peak.

Was going to attempt the NW couloir, but got a late start and wanted more time for route finding so, we decided on the standard route instead.

Loved the climbing in the Red Gully, had perfect weather, and met many interesting people en route, Reascending Broken Hand Pass wasn't as bad as I was expecting. CL Road sucked, but...we all know that. ;)
Posted Sep 10, 2007 11:56 am

matt81Red Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2007


Went up the south gully came down the northwest couloir.
Posted Aug 26, 2007 5:51 pm

Scott RogersNice Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2006

Scott Rogers

Went up the Red after climbing the needle, then down the northwest couloir.
Posted Jul 11, 2007 10:11 pm

bernardhohmanOutstanding South Face  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 25, 2007


Old Ickabod and I enjoyed a perfect weather day for this summit and the Needle.
Posted Jun 26, 2007 10:39 am

OutdoorpartnerTough scramble  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006


I totally underestimated this climb! It took me 10 hours, and had some tough downclimbing -- trying NOT to loosen rockfall for those below.
Posted Oct 5, 2006 5:34 am

mmittenCottonwood / Spanish Creek access restriction!!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006
The Cottonwood Creek trailhead and the Spanish Creek trailhead both have no trespassing signs up that read "No Public Access to National Forest Land," and "Property of the Crestone Zen Monastery." See trip report.
Posted Aug 20, 2006 2:25 am

rasgoatgreat mountain!  Sucess!


got a ride to sc lakes, that saved me! woke up at sunrise ascended to nw couloir lots of snow still in august! stay left of snow. awesome views of the valley and sand dunes at summit. attempted needle same day but ran out of water
Posted Aug 6, 2006 10:06 pm

seth@LOKIwicked fun!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 1994


Climbed this after a Humbolt Karson combo the day before, the climbed the neeedle, descended to Cottonwood side, a short repel and climbed South'west Gullythen down the NW Couloir. Almost slipped on the way down the ledge in the couloir.
Posted Jul 26, 2006 6:47 pm

Brian KaletNorth Buttress  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2006

Brian Kalet

From Humboldt Peak, Point 13290 and East Crestone. En route to Crestone Needle. Trip Report
Posted Jun 19, 2006 7:07 pm

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