I have climbed this a few times Great scramble up the south face. Did the traverse, from peak to needle once.
One of my first real couloir climbs and very fun. Part of guides training for WSC in Gunnison
Had a fine day; first the Needle, then back to Cottonwood Lake and around for my second try of the trip. With weather threatening, I made it from the big cairn at the bottom to the summit in 1:09 - zoom! I was quite pleased. BTW, the class 4 traverse to the East Summit that Roach describes is actually a class 2+ walkup.
Red Gully from S Colony Lakes to 214' vertical feet from the saddle and then thunder went BOOM! And we went bye-bye.
Cruiser class 2-3, with a Colorado Fourteener Interstate to the base. Nice peak.
Did the West summit last month, but had some unfinished business. This time we did the East summit from the traverse from the Needle. Descent of the NW couloir. (A LITTLE BETA: Save the NW couloir for a nice snow climb folks. It's about half class 4 and a loose pile of SH_T at this time of year - I had to be on belay for 2/3 of it as I am not a pro down-climber on loose, wet class 4!!! Toss in an ice field right where you must cross to the exit too, an axe AND belay was needed to safely cross w/o crampons)
One of the best days in the mountains I have had. The Red Gully is a definite climb, this is not an easy one and it definitely gives you some exposure! The summit is a beauty and the climb down and out is not as bad as you think coming up :)
Started at 10 and out by 7 going pretty easy and waiting for my party for an hour and a half. Ran the last 2-3 miles out. PERFECT!!
Climbed Crestone Peak (both W and E summits) via Red Gully after climbing the Needle earlier in the morning. Perfect weather, awesome views!
Via Cottonwood Creek TH.
Up and down the red gully w/ my friend Jake. There was considerable snow in places which required a lot of difficult Class 3 and some Class 4 to avoid - all on solid rock. Amazing views - particularly to the south. We saw only a handful of folks west of Broken Hand Pass.
This is a mountain CLIMB! Sweet mountain.
Broken Hand/red gully up and down. (Did about 1/2 the traverse to Needle and then called it due to time constraints - had to pick up kids...too bad, had perfect weather...we'll be back!)
I did Needle the day before, and Peak the following day. Very crowded over Labor day weekend. They did fix the road up to South Colony, so many people drove all the way up there. There was no parking available...
One of the best areas in Colorado
Summited via the Red Gully Route on the south face in perfect fall conditions. Great impromptu trip.
7/17/05 - Climbed the (mostly dry) standard Red Gully Route from camp at South Colony Lake. My partner refused to attempt the 4th class traverse to Crestone Needle so we climbed down Crestone Peak, hiked back to Broken Hand Pass, and climbed Crestone Needle via its standard route.
5/28/06 - Climbed the (somewhat snowy) Red Gully from camp along Cottonwood Creek. My 1st time in crampons! Afterwards we did the classic traverse to Crestone Needle and added on Broken Hand Peak before calling it a day.
1/15/11 - Grueling approach up Cottonwood Creek with heavy packs. Spent two nights camped at 11,800ft. Scrambled (in crampons) up snowy rock to the right of the couloir until about 13,800 ft. Entered couloir via a slabby traverse and followed it to the top. Final summit ridge scramble was exciting. The approach and climb were an absolute butt kicker.
12/2/12 - Traversed from Crestone Needle and descended the Red Gully. Dry for December.
I will return for the NW couloir.
Joined Dave Covill's group intending to join them for the traverse from Needle to Peak. However the party seemed a bit large and unwieldy, and the weather didn't seem solid, so I opted at Broken Hand Pass to head for my top priority, Crestone Peak's west and east summits. Sure enough the traverse didn't happen due to fog, so I was very glad I made the decision I did. Fun peak!
Good break from work
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!!
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.