Peak via the Red Gullet. Good rock all the way, not as loose as you would think and grippy when dry as a bone. I went up Cottonwood Creek trail from Crestone (West). It eliminates need to climb and reclimb Broken Hand Pass. The trail is solid but good route finding skillz are a must. Though admittedly I have crummy skills and I still made it solo. Well cairned. 5 miles lands you directly below the Red Gully. 3500 of gain. I started at 4pm, was tucked in a tent by 730, and summited the next day.
Did the south face solo before the traverse
Excellent scramble, and everything was still so green!!
Solo, started at 2wd trailhead, then climbed Peak, Northeast Crestone, East Crestone, and Needle
Stick to the left of the snow in the middle and you *should* be able to scramble your way to the top.
Got a little banged up on the descent
#1 9-2-17 W/ Yadahzoe. Bluebird day, shared the summit with about 15 others. The red gully is a delight albeit a long one. 14er #41. Most assuredly one of the toughest so far.
Left camp at the lake by 6am. On top of BHP by 7:15.Summited Crestone Peak around 11. Left summit around 12:30. Summited Needle via Traverse around 2:30. Took just under 2 hours for both of us. Back to camp around 6:15. Trailhead around 9:15. Long day, but two summits and a fun traverse are worth it.
Soloed South Face, long day!
With my daughter. Amazing variety of terrain involved. It was my fifth time up and over BHP. If I never do it again, it will be too soon.
Started at the south colony trailhead at dawn. A straightforward approach with scenic lake vistas. Lots of mosquitos out for the weekend: bring bug spray. A short gain thru talus, then loose rock up Broken Hand pass to 13,000', so don't break your hand. The unusual descent into the peaceful valley with a lake on other side was quite unique for my 38th 14er. Tempting is the Needle traverse for next time! Snow patches up the distinct red rock coulier but not much for crampons. Could of sworn the east summit is higher than the west rocks but I recommend climbing both in :20 time for completely different views. The 4 miles and 3850' elevation gain made for a good warm up for soloing the Needle later in the 16hr day.
The final Colorado 14er I climbed to complete my list of 58-ish. A very special one to finish - one of my favorites. Standard Red Gully route with my beautiful wife.
Fun climb, good weather. Climbed with Justin from Wheatridge.
Snow in the gully kept us to the left. Plenty of sustained hard 3rd. This big boy gave us a long hard day. Got back to camp and found out my wife had been in the hospital, back in California, for 3 days. That ended out climbing.
From Trailhead over Broken Hand Pass to summit and back, 14 miles and 5700 vertical feet gain. Sunny day with wind gust up to 25 mph, overall great Labor Day in Sangres.
Loved everything about this peak except the dual ascents of Broken Hand Pass - never a favorite in my book. Still a bit of snow that I kick-stepped up and used my ax on the way down. Easy route finding - MUCH easier than the Needle. Scooted over to East Crestone afterward, it's only about an 8 minute round-trip on fairly easy terrain. Proud of Mikey for tackling this as his 1st 14er, even if I think he had visions of killing me in his head during the re-ascent of Broken Hand Pass. ;) Hehehehe.
We got lost along the way. Went off route. No equipment. Luckily the weather was perfect.
Didnt see a single soul. We used cottonwood trail....bushwhacking at its finest
Great climb up Red Gully, then went on to traverse to the Needle. Probably my favorite climb of all time!
After having climbed Crestone Needle back on Labor Day 2004, nine years later, on the same weekend, I came back and completed the pair. Crestone Peak is a neat mountain, but I have to say that I liked Crestone Needle better. I'd hate to be in the Red Gully if the rock was wet! I had forgotten what a pain Broken Hand Pass was.