With Rachael after Broken Hand. Dropped around Cottonwood Lake and traversed talus and grass to a steep grassy slope that lead to a wonderful class 2+ ridge of grass and solid rock. Optional class 3/4 scramble finish on the ridge could also be bypassed on class 2+ terrain. Very pleasant route, highly recommend this over the loose north facing gully that is the normal route. You lose a little more elevation (maybe 300 feet more) but have a more enjoyable climb!
Easy, pleasant class 2 grass from the sometimes-faint Cottonwood Creek trail. Trip report.
Dominic & I managed to climb Crestolita in an 8 hour day from the west on our 2nd anniversary. Ascended a loose ramp/gully system on the west side.
After climbing Crestone Peak, we went for the north couloir on Crestolita. It was such a great snow climb. There was a huge cornice at the top of the main couloir, so we had to exit right.
A nice, obscure peak with staggering views of the Crestones. Add Crestolita to the agenda if good weather is in the forecast.
We backpacked and set up camp in Cottonwood Creek. After eating lunch and letting an early afternoon shower pass by, Erin and I climbed Crestolita. I'm rather proud of this one because we had no beta for this peak whatsoever. I thought we could climb it from its saddle with Broken Hand Peak, but once we saw it in person, we noticed sheer cliffs that would have stopped us in our tracks. Fortunately, we saw the couloir splitting the north face. We went for it, and the route led us to the satisfying summit! A trip report is available here.