The awe-inspiring Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle tower above the surrounding Sangres and exude a palpable sense of adventure. The standard routes up these peaks require considerable scrambling, with the Crestone Needle the tougher. Routefinding is essential, especially on the Needle with its couloir-hopping standard route. Wrong ways here quickly become class 5. The summits are both fully panoramic with a sense of extreme airiness and excellent views of the Great Sand Dunes off to the south. A hard day hike from South Colony Lake, over Broken Hand Pass, and up and down the south sides of both peaks. Traversing the ridge between the two peaks is a more difficult option, one of the four great Colorado 14er traverses.
Crestone Peak SUMMIT LOG
peakery first ascent by
people report climbing or hiking to the summit,
most recently on Sep 18, 2013.
Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.
Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are